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President of Leland Stanford Jr. University, 



Of the U. S. National jVIuseum. 


Lieutenant-Commander, U. S. N., 
In Command of the U. S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross. 


Of the \J,. tS. FHsh C o m m^ iss ion . 


Secretary and Stenographer. 


Special Agent. 

PART 2. 
















15184, PT 2 1 251 


Introductory note 254 

List of agents 256 

Extracts from the log of St. Paul Island 257 

Journal of observations, 1896 293 

Notes by Treasury Agent Crowley 515 

Journal of observations, 1897 517 

Topical index 594 




In the following pages we have grouped together the natural history facts of the 
fur seals as they have been observed during the past two seasons by the members of 
the commission and as they are recorded in the log of St. Paul Island. 

During the past twenty seven years it has been the custom of the agents in 
charge of the fur seal islands to set down in a daily log or journal a record of current 
happenings and of their observations upon the seals. Mingled with a vast amount 
of irrelevant matter are many facts which throw light on the past condition of the 
herd. These facts have been extracted and are here presented in condensed form. 

From the voluminous record of St. Paul Island, consisting of some 2,500 closely 
written pages, the results are exceedingly meager. It is apparently by accident 
rather than by intention that the record has any value. As illustrative of its 
unsatisfactory nature we may cite the fact that the results of rookery inspections 
are regularly recorded in such phrases as these: " In a healthy condition," the "usual 
number of breeding seals present,'' "more" or "less" (as the case might be) ''seals 
than in the preceding year," etc. The record in the latter case may have been kept 
by another person, or may contain no definite data at all. 

The aim throughout has been to keep a record of the first arrival of the seals, 
but the record is a blank so far as their breeding habits are concerned. For the close 
of the season there are in many cases data fixing more or less definitely the departure of 
the seals. But here for the most part the record indicates that seals were present at 
a certain date, and we are left to guess when they actually disappeared. About all 
important matters there is this exasperating vagueness and uncertainty. 

We probably have no right to complain of this record. The agents were doubt- 
less not specially charged with this sort of work. They had no special training for it 
and its importance was not realized. But we may be pardoned for pointing out the 
fact that these men allowed to go to waste a most excellent opportunity to serve the 
interests of the Government. Had the record in the log of St. Paul Island been filled 
with the results of systematic observations of the rookeries, stated with some degree 
of mathematical exactness, it would to-day be a mine of valuable information regard- 
ing the past condition of the herd. The record of one year would have served as a 
guide to the next, and if this course had failed to bring an earlier recognition of the 
true condition of the herd, the record would at least enable us to-day to replace theory 
with positive proof in many matters of importance. 

We call attention to this matter at the present time chiefly because it enforces 
what we have already had to say regarding the need of constant and systematic study 
of the fur-seal herd. From the time the fur-seal herd came into the possession of the 



United States it should have been in charge of a competent guardian whose exclusive 
business it should have been to understand its condition and needs. It would then 
have received the attention which was so conspicuously lacking during its critical 

Supplemental to this meager record of the log and in contrast with it is the 
journal of the commission itself for the seasons of 1896 and 1897. This gives a minute 
daily record of the observations and labors of the different investigators. It begins 
in 1896 with the 8th of July, or as the breeding season was just approaching its 
height, and ends with the 22d of October, a few weeks before the final departure of 
the seals from the islands. In 1897 the record begins with the first arrival of the 
breeding females and extends until September, thus covering in the two years 
practically the entire period of stay of the seals on the islands and giving a duplicate 
record for the period known as the height of the breeding season. 

This record is published in full because it is the most important result of the 
work of investigation. It should furnish a valuable basis of comparison in subsequent 

investigations of the fur-seal herd. 



Charles Bryant, Mar. 31, 1872, to July 31, 1893. 
Francis Lessen, Aug. 1, 1873, to Aug. 7, 1874. 
Charles Bryant, Aug. 7, 1874, to Aug. 6, 1875. 
William J. Mclntyre, Aug. 6, 1875, to Nov. 1, 1875. 
George Marston, Nov. 1, 1875, to Aug. 31, 1876. 
Charles Bryant, Sept. 1, 1876, to Dec. 31, 1876. 
J. M. Morton, May 15 to July 13, 1877. 
J. H. Moulton, July 14, 1877, to Apr. 30, 1878. 
J. M. Morton, Apr. 30, 1878, to Aug. 13, 1878. 
J. H. Moulton, Aug. 14, 1878, to May 27, 1879. 
J. W. Beaman, May 27, 1879, to July 16, 1879. 
H. G. Otis, July 16, 1879, to July 29, 1879. 
J. W. Beaman, July 29, 1879, to May 31, 1880. 
H. G. Otis, May 31, 1880, to July 29, 1881. 
J. H. Moulton, July 29, 1881, to July 28, 1882. 
H. A. Gliddeu, July 28, 1882, to Juno 3, 1885. 
G. R. Tingle, June 3, 1885, to Aug. 2, 188(5. 

A. P. Laud, Aug. 2, 1886, to May 31, 1887. 
G. R. Tingle, June 1, 1887, to Aug. 3, 1887. 
J. P. Manchester, Aug. 4, 1887, to May 30, 1888. 
G. R. Tingle, May 30, 1888, to Aug. 14, 1888. 
J. P. Manchester, Aug. 15, 1888, to Aug. 12, 1889. 
Charles J. Goff, Aug. 16, 1889, to Sept. 22, 1889. 
G. R. Nettleton, Sept. 23, 1889, to Aug. 6, 1890. 
Joseph Murray, Aug. 6, 1890, to Aug. 13, 1891. 
Milton Barnes, Aug. 13, 1891, to June 9, 1892. 
Joseph Murray, June 9, 1892, to Aug. 31, 1892. 
D. J. Ainsworth, Aug. 31, 1892, to June 10, 1893. 
Joseph Murray, June 11 to June 19, 1893. 
J. B. Crowley, June 20, 1893, to June 26, 1893. 
T. E. Adams, June 27, 1893, to June 29, 1894. 
James Judge, June 29, 1894, to Sept. 14, 1895. 
T. E. Adams, Sept. 14, 1895, to July 13, 1896.' 
J. B. Crowley, Oct. 21, 1896, to June 12, 1897. 

1 The time intervening between the 13th of July and 21st of October, 1896, is covered by the 
Journal of Fur Seal Commission. 




May 5. The seals landed 011 the Reef to-day. 

May 13. A few fur seals and sea lions are reported from Northeast Point; the 
first of the season. 

May 14. First drive of seals made for food; 227 killed. 

May 16. A visit to Lukauiu and Kitovi rookeries showed a few sea bulls hauled 
up. There is little snow or ice on the shores. 

May 19. Bulls are hauling out in small numbers on Reef rookery. A number of 
small males are on the point. 

May 20. Seals began lauding on Na Spil rookery. 

May 21. Permission was given to shoot a sea lion sleeping on the point of the 
Reef. Although the shooting occurred within 200 feet of the seals they paid no atten- 
tion to the report. 

May 25. Large numbers of beach masters are landing at Northeast Point, with 
few bachelors as yet. 

May 2G. The number of beach masters on Tolstoi rookery compares favorably 
with that of former years, but of killable seals there are few. 

May 27. On Southwest Bay, English Bay, and Tolstoi a great number of beach 
masters are hauled up; but there are few young seals on the hauling grounds. 

May 31. On Lukanin, Tolstoi, Kitovi, and Reef the beach masters landed com- 
pare favorably in number with those of former years; but the number of young 
killable males is small in proportion. 

June 1. The first regular drive of the killing season was made from the Reef 
to-day; 752 were killed. 

June 7. Few seals suitable for driving are reported from the Southwest and 
English bays. 

June 8. Few seals are reported on Otter Island; on Northeast and Halfway 
points are an unusual number of beach masters, but very few killable seals. 

June 16. Beach masters are unusually numerous on the Reef, and cows coming 
rapidly. Several young pups are already to be seen. 

June 23. A visit to the rookeries shows an unusually large number of old bulls 
and many females landing; many young pups, also. 

July 7. Visit to the rookeries westward shows the breeding grounds well filled, 
but the hauling grounds nearly cleared of killable seals. 

1 Condensed from the original record, with notes, hy George A. Clark. 



July 13. Killed 2,319 seals 1 from English Bay. Two females were killed for 
scientific purposes. One, a cow 4 years old, with her first pup, 2 weight 51 pounds; 
the other, a very old cow which had bred many times, weight 103 pounds. The first 
measured 6 feet 8 inches; the other 7 feet C inches a very large specimen. 3 

July 22. A visit to the Reef showed many seals in the center of the peninsula. 

July 24. A small drive from Zoltoi yielded 628 skins, and a herd from English 
Bay, 2,070, making a total for the year of 70,253 skins. 

October 2. A herd of old bulls were driven and killed for blubber for winter use. 

October 28. (Sealing for quota resumed. 4 ) Natives drive seals for the company 
from English Bay, securing 1,255 skins. 

October 30. Seals of killable size having left the rookeries near the village, the 
natives were sent to Northeast Point to try to get enough to make out the season's 

October 31. A herd of young pups were killed for winter food, 1,250 in all; 70 to 
a native family. 

December G. A food drive of 426 was made from Zoltoi. This completes the 
supply of winter food. 

December 16. Many fur seals are reported at Northeast Point. 


February 26. A party of hunters killed a bull seal at Tolstoi. 

April 24. A bull seal was seen in the open water off the Keef, the first this 

May 9. One seal is reported hauled out on the shore at Southwest Bay. 

May 10. A bull seal hauled for an hour on the lagoon and then went into the 
water again. 

May 11. Three seals are reported hauled up at Gorbatch ; two or three bachelors 
are in the water off the point of the Reef. One seal was seen in the water at Lukanin. 
The shores there are obstructed with ice and snow. 

May 13. A few seals are hauled on all the rookeries. 

May 15. A few seals are landed at different places on the Reef and about 20 
bulls and bachelors are on the point. 

May 16. The shores at Southwest Bay and Tolstoi are reported obstructed with 
ice, and few seals landing. 

May 17. About 50 beach masters have hauled at different points on the Reef; 
and 30 seals, partly bachelors, are gathered on the point. 

May 20. On the Reef the seals were found increased considerably, being about 
as numerous as ten days earlier last year. Zapadni is tolerably free from snow, and 
quite a number of seals are hauled out. English Bay and Tolstoi are still very much 
encumbered by snowdrifts along the water's edge, and but few seals have landed. 

1 Most of the drives at this time are noted as made in the afternoon, the seals being herded up 
over night and the killing occurring next day. It is noted occasionally that on account of the hont 
killing has had to be postponed until evening, etc. 

2 Either the age of the cow or the fact of its being her first pup is at fault. The cow has her 
first pup at the age of 3 years. 

3 These figures are manifestly incorrect. The length of the female averages about 4 feet. 

4 In the terms of the original lease June, July, September, and October were designated as the 
months during which seals were to be killed by the lessees. 


May 23. The first food drive of the season was made to-day, killing 193. The 
killing was made at Zapadni, the meat being brought home in the bidara. 

June 3. The first regular drive for skins was made from Zoltoi and Ileef, 813 
taken ; 7 seals suffered from overheating in driving. 

June 7. It is reported from Northeast Point that many beach masters are hauled 
out, but few killable seals. 

June 8. The shores where seals breed are fast becoming free from snow, and no 
obstruction occurs to landing. Seals are beginning to haul rapidly at Zoltoi and other 
points. The first female landed at Gorbatch to-day, and the same report is given of 
Southwest Bay. 

June 11. A drive from Southwest Bay yielded 2,597 skins; 152 skins were spoiled 
on account of overheating of the seals. 

June 17. Snow fell in the night and drove the seals from the shores in large 

June 25. A visit to Keef rookery shows the conditions very favorable as compared 
with last year; females are lauded in equal numbers, and many already have pups. 

July 23. Four hundred and forty-six seals were killed to day, enough to fill out 
the season's quota. 


August 12. On Reef rookery it was found that some of this year's pups had 
already learned to swim. 

August 14. Off Tolstoi and English Bay a mass of pups were learning to swim, 
and the water was full of seals. 

August 20. At Northeast Point the females and their pups were very thick on 
shore, as well as in the water. Comparatively few bull seals were seen, but many 
half bulls. The two latter classes are supposed to go out feeding about this time. 

September 9. Ten or fifteen seals are reported dead at Northeast Point, cut about 
the chest and back; supposed to have been killed by "killers." 

September 18. On Otter Island about 2,000 seals were found, but no actual 
rookery, because no pups were seen. It is evidently only a hauling ground for bachelors 
and old bulls. 

October 21. An inspection of all the near rookeries showed the old seals 
commencing to leave. 

November 2. Seals are reported to be diminishing at Northeast Point. 

November 3. Young pups were driven and killed for food: the sexes were 
separated just back of Kitovi rookery, the females allowed to remain and the males 
driven up to the village; 879 were killed. 

November 24. The chief reports a gradual diminution of the seals on the 
rookeries of Northeast and Halfway points. 

December 7. On the Keef were noticed in four different places about 2,000 seals. 

December 15. The seals have left Kitovi, Lukanin, and Polovina rookeries; but 
they still remain on both sides of the Reef. 

December 28. On the Keef are still about 1,000 seals. 



January 20. Seals are reported in two places at Southwest Bay; 100 iu one and 
25 in the other. 

January 31. About 1,000 seals arc reported at Northeast Point on the north side; 
none were females, pups, or bulls; all were bachelors. Many seals were in the water. 
It is a surprisingly mild winter. 

February 10.' Natives at Northeast Point report seals on the beach and in the 

February 21. A few seals are iu the water at Northeast Point: 6 on shore, seem- 
ingly very shy, smelling the rocks, and returning soon to the water. 

March 1. The chief reports seeing about 12 middle-class 2 seals in the water and 
on the beach at Zapadni; no bulls have been seen since the beginning of January. 
The middle class seals have not left the island this winter something not remembered 
to have occurred before by even the oldest people. 

March 5. About 30 seals are reported, some in the water, some on land, at North- 
cast Point. A single seal is on the beach at Polovina. 

March 19. Four middle class seals are reported present on Zapadni, Tolstoi, and 
English Bay rookeries. 

March 27. Natives at Northeast Point report 10 middle-class seals in the water 
and on the beach near Hutchinson Hill. 

April 1. The chief reports 5 seals in the water at Southwest Bay; no bulls are 
seen as yet. 

April 10. The first large half-bull seal was seen in the water to-day at Tolstoi. 

April 19. The first landing of bull seals was noted on Southwest Bay. This 
seems to be three weeks earlier than last year. 

April 23. One bull reported landed on south side of the Reef to-day. 

May 1. Two bulls have landed on Gorbatch, and several middle-sized seals are in 
the water. 

May 3. The first bull of the season landed on Lagoon rookery to-day. 

May 4. The chief reports from Southwest Bay a few seals landed on all of the 
western :t rookeries, especially on Zapadni, where about 200 middle-sized seals and 20 
bulls are out. 

May 7. Natives returning from Northeast Point report about 1,000 middle-sized 
seals on those rookeries, but only two bulls landed. Two bulls were seen at Polovina. 

May 10. About 1,000 middle-sized seals reported in two places on Zapadni, and 
a large number of bulls. 

May 19. (Notes from official instructions): 1. The number of fur seals from St. 
Paul shall hereafter be 90,000, and from St. George 10,000. 2. The time for taking 
seals shall extend from June 1 to August 15, and through September and October of 
the same year. 

May 23. The western rookeries are reported in good condition, especially 
Xapadni, where there are a large number of bulls and about 1,000 middle-class seals 
hauled up. The general condition on the rookeries is about fourteen days earlier 
than last year. 

1 The bachelor seals probably did not leave the vicinity of the islands this winter at all. 

2 This term probably means bachelors of three and four years' age. 
: '/:ip;idni and Tolstoi. 


May 31. Oil Lukaniu and Kitovi there are but few middle-sized seals. 

June 3. At the first regular drive to-day from Southwest Bay 2,395 were killed, 
and at a second drive from the Reef 538 were killed. 

June 11. On the lleef and Gorbatch the females have commenced to arrive in 
large numbers. Some already have their pups. 

June 12. The sun came out hot at the killing to-day, and in order to save the 
skins the seals were driven into the lagoon to cool off. This proved to be a good 
move and saved many skins from spoiling. 

June 20. The number of seals taken this week was 17,173, and is probably the 
largest ever taken on this island in a single week. The condition of all the rookeries 
is favorable, many females and killable seals are arriving, and the prospects for a good 
sealing are favorable. 

June 20. A drive was made to-day from Kitovi and Lukauin. The former is a 
small rookery. 1 About 500 seals were obtained from it, and double the number from 

July 4. The drives made this morning both turned out badly. One of the mules 
ran near Lukaniu rookery and scared the seals, while the sheep did the same thing 
on Zoltoi. 

July 7. About the same number of seals as last year are on the breeding grounds 
of Northeast Point. Killable seals are not so numerous. Webster says that the 
bachelors have taken to hauling out at a new place about 2 miles away, near the 
big lake. 

July 1C. Elliott and Maynard arrive. They visit Otter Island, seeing about 
5,000 bachelors, but no breeding seals. 

July 17. A drive is made from Lukanin, and 533 seals killed. This completes 
quota for this season, 89,993 seals. Only 130 of the 720 skins cut were rejected. This 
proportion of loss is exceedingly small. 

July 29. A walk about the rookeries shows the arrival of many of last year's 
pups, and the spreading of the seals on the upland ; some of this year's pups are 
beginning to learn to swim in small pools near the water's edge. 

August 6. The total shipment of skins for this year from Northeast Point was 


August 16. The seals on the upland of the Reef are quite numerous, both females 
and young. The young show scurvy from the mud and rain. There is almost an 
entire absence of 3 and 4 year olds. 

August 17. A drive for food was made from Zoltoi and 131 killed. About 800 
seals were driven in, but only the above small number were 2-year-olds. There is 
but slight indication of shedding. 

August 18. Went to Sea Lion (Sivutch) Eock, and found many seals and sea 
lions hauled out. 

September 9. Seals in considerable numbers are to be seen at English Bay; at 
Zapadni not so many as usual are visible, and there is a scarcity of half-grown seals 
on all the rookeries. 

1 Mr. Elliott reported 165,000 " breeding seals and young " for Kitovi rookery at this time. 


September 27. Lukaniu rookery is full of females and pups; but there are only 
about 200 bachelors, a great decrease over former years. 

October 18. Females and young seals are to be found in numbers on the uplands 
of Reef rookery. 

October ID. The seals having left Zoltoi, it was necessary to go to the Keel' for 
a drive for food; 176 seals were killed, of which 57 were stagy. 

November 13. A drive of 87 more pups was made from Gorbatch, making a total 
of 4,897 pups for the winter food supply. 

December 11. A large number of seals suitable for killing reported on the point 
of the Reef. Many sea lions on Sea Lion (Sivutch) Bock. 


January 19. A few seals are on the rocks, and several groups in the water, about 
a thousand in all, between Tolstoi and English Bay. 

January 20. The rookeries of Northeast Point show small groups of seals on the 
rocks and in the water, about 000 or 700 in all. 

February 10. Several small groups of seals are reported on the shore and in the 
water at Northeast Point. Many sea lions also; the stomachs of two killed contained 
recently taken codfish. ' 

February 15. Men were sent to Northeast Point to kill some of the seals to 
determine whether and on what they had been feeding. The contents of the stomachs 
of six was too far decomposed to permit of identification, beyond the fact that kelp or 
sea cabbage was present. 2 

February 18. An inspection of the Reef showed but one seal; several heads 
were found showing where someone had recently killed seals and carried their bodies 

February 20. There are no seals on Lukauin. The carcasses of about 70 pups 
were found, that had evidently been killed in November by stealth with a view of 
secreting their meat. :> 

March 17. Fifty or 60 seals are reported at Northeast Point; 16 were killed for 
fresh meat, the winter supply of seal meat having spoiled on account of warm weather. 

March 31. Two fur seals are reported off the Reef. 

April 5. No seals are in sight on the Reef, though it is time for them to arrive. 

April 11. Two seals are reported in the water at Zapadni. 

April 15. Fifty seals were seen in the water off the Reef, showing no disposition 
to laud. One old bull recounoitered the shore from the point to Gorbatch and back 
deliberately and then returned to the group playing in the water off the Point. 

April 20. Two polosikatchi, or half bull seals, are reported on the rocks at Tolstoi 

April 22. Quite a number of seals are in the water about the Reef, but none 
attempting to land. 

May 2. Three bulls and 200 bachelors hauled out at Southwest Bay; 2 bulls at 
Tolstoi, 1 at Lukanin. 

1 Probably pollack. 

2 This is probably a mistake, or if the kelp were present, that it was swallowed by accident. 
I'rob.-ibly the bodies of pups, killed in the drives for food in the fall, which had not been removed. 

See record under date of November 1, 3, and 6, 1879. 


May 6. A food drive from Southwest Bay of 600 or 700 animals was made; G seals 
killed on the ground were brought home in the bidara; the others were driven slowly 
to the village. 

May 10. On the Reef about 20 bulls are hauled out; a few bulls are reported at 
Northeast Point and on other rookeries. 

May 16. On the Reef, about 100 bulls are hauled out; also a small body of 
holostiaki. In the afternoon 60 bulls were found on Lnkanin; several hundred seals 
are reported at Zapadni, English Bay, and Tolstoi. 

June 1. The first regular drive of the season was made to-day from Tolstoi and 
Zapadni; Tolstoi furnished 203, Zapadni 1,201. 

June 3. Bulls are plentiful on the Beef, but the killable seals few; the same 
condition exists at Lukanin. 

June 7. Two females have lauded at Gorbatch, the first of the season. 

June 10. An inspection of Lukaniu and Reef rookeries showed the conditions 
to be less favorable than in former years; the bulls are not up to the former standard. 
The reserves are wholly wanting, 1 except on the upper part of the Reef, and there are 
very few holostiaki. The number of females is about equal to former years, and at 
Gorbatch are two young pups, apparently 2 days old. 

June 20. On Tolstoi the bulls were found occupying the breeding grounds in full 
numbers, while the reserves 2 were more limited; several small groups of females had 
landed, and a considerable number of holostiaki are hauled out on Tolstoi and English 
Bay beaches. Ou Lukanin the same conditions exist, except that there are fewer 

June 23. Complaint having been made that women gathering wood at Southwest 
Bay disturbed the seals, orders were given to keep away from the hauling grounds. 

June 26. A drive from Zapadni yielded 3,943 skins. Eleven skins were lost from 
overheating of the seals on the drive. 

June 28. An examination of the Reef shows that the breeding places are fully 
occupied by the bulls, while the reserves are less than in former years. Lukanin 
rookery shows the same conditions. 

July 6. The rookeries of Northeast Point show a full stock of breeding bulls but 
a scarcity of reserves on the upland. The number of females indicates either a later 
hauling or diminished numbers, while the stock of young breeding bulls to mature for 
the next two years is very small; in fact, below the number necessary for the insurance 
of the full supply needed. Yearling seals are arriving in full numbers, compared with 
former years. 

July 10. A drive from Lukanin yielded 1,108. This drive shows that about half 
the seals now on the rookeries are yearlings or small 2-year-olds. (It was noted in 
connection with the drive of July 8, in an erasure, that the number of seals killed was 
50 per cent of the drive.) An examination of the rookery showed it to be well filled 
with females. A less number of beach masters were with them than formerly; while 
the reserves of old males on the uplands and the half bulls along the shore appear 

1 The observations of the season of 1897 show this to be natural; the idle and reserve bulls, as 
a class, do not arrive until later. 

2 Compare record under date of June 10. 



considerably less than formerly, and apparently less than sufficient. 1 The 1 and 2 
\ -car olds are fully represented. 

July 10. The sealing season is practically over; the remaining skins will be 

taken for food. 

July 23. The schooner San Diego was captured off Otter Island by the Treasury 
agent in a whaleboat. She had 1,660 skins and 15 tons of salt on board. 

July 25. the Reef was thoroughly examined, and the bulls on the breeding ground 
were found diminished 2 on account of heat and exhaustion. The reserves had nearly 
all gone to take their places. The show of half bulls is less than on former years. 
Most of the females are absent, partly from effect of bright sunshine, but the number 
of pups affords ample evidence of the regular annual increase, though the average 
time of the landing of cows this year has been about ten days later than former years. 
There is a full number of 1 and 2 year olds present, but of the 3-year-olds 3 and 5-year- 
olds there is a decrease on former years. All the indications are that more have been 
killed than should have been and allow a sufficient number to escape to make a full 
supply of breeding males. 4 

August 4. The Eeef rookeries are broken up and many seals of all classes are 
on the upland. The bulls have mostly left the breeding grounds. A full supply of 
1 and 2 year olds, but a scarcity of 3, 4, 5 and 5 year olds. 

August 6. Zapadni rookery is in a good condition, showing a fair proportion of 
killable seals. 6 Lukanin rookery is in a fair condition as compared with former years. 


August 10. Owing to the heat few killable seals and females are on Lukanin 
and Kitovi rookeries. 

August 11. The seals on Reef rookery are reported in diminished numbers, due 
to heat. 

August 21. Two albino pups were brought from Zapadni. The bodies were a 
rich cream color, the eyes and flippers pink, but in every other respect they were like 
the ordinary pup. 

August 24. Tolstoi, Holm (Middle Hill), and Zapadni rookeries are lessening in 
population ; few bulls are present. 

August 30. The hauling ground of Otter Island was found to contain 1,500 
bachelors. There is no rookery on the island. The island is 4,000 feet long with a 

1 If there was an actual scarcity, which the history of the succeeding years does not bear out, it 
is traceable to the effects of the close killing of 1868, when practically all males were taken. We 
can not, however, accept as more than mere opinions these statements regarding the scarcity of males. 
If definite figures had been given it would be different. 

: This is a regular phenomenon of the breeding grounds. After July 25 the old bulls begin to 
withdraw and the idle and young bulls enter the breeding grounds. It will be noted here that there 
are reserve bulls to take the places of the regular beach masters. 

'The scarcity of 3-year-olds is not unnatural after the quota of 100,000 has been taken. 

4 See same record for 1896, and compare with that of 1877 showing proportion of bulls rejected 
in the drives. From the irregular and uncertain movements of the bachelors it is plain that no defi- 
nite clrtrrmination of their relative condition from year to year can be made. Their movements are 
governed largely by the state of the weather. The subsequent record shows no dearth of breeding 
males when the reserves of this year came to enter the rookeries in 1880. 

5 See note 2 under date of July 25. 
"Compare statement under date of August 4. 


mean width of 1,200 feet, equal to 105.1 acres. The westward clift's are bold, attaining 
a height of 350 feet. 

October 21. A large school of "killers" was observed near East Landing. 


November 6. The natives were informed that the number of pups to be killed for 
food would have to be cut down to 3,000, as it had been too large. This was objected 
to, and a compromise placed the number at 3,800. 

November 11. The total of pups killed for the year was 3,745. 

November 16. A drive of seals for food was made from Tolstoi, where they were 
found in good numbers. A number of old bulls got into the drive. 1 

November 21. There are a good number of seals on Keef rookery ; a few old bulls. 

November 27. A visit to Lukanin showed but a few seals there. 

November 30. The seals have gone from the Keef. 

December 29. Natives returning from Northeast Point report 2,000 seals still 


January 15. Seals were seen to-day in the water off East Landing. 

March 12. 2 Four or 5 seals were reported in the water off North Shore. 

April 27. The native chief reports 2 seals in the water off the Eeef. 

March 3. The chief reports 2 old bulls hauled out at the Reef this morning, the 
first seen this season. 

May 5. While walking about the Reef 13 old bulls were seen 8 hauled out and 
5 in the water. 

May 17. The first bull came on Na Spil rookery to-day. Quite a number of old 
bulls are 011 the different rookeries. They begin growling and snapping at each other, 
" acting as if at home." 

June 1. On the Reef are a goodly number of bulls, but few holostiaki. The 
rookery appears now about the same as it did last year ten days earlier. 

June 2. About 500 holostiaki have hauled out at Southwest Bay and many 
old bulls are on the rookery. 

June 3. First drive for skins from Southwest Bay; 836 animals were killed. 

June 4. Captain Bryant, after a visit to all the rookeries, concludes they are just 
about ten days later than last year. 

June 5. The first female of the season came to Na Spil to-day; the old bulls had 
a hard fight for her. 

June 6. A drive was made from the Reef and 673 seals killed. From the above 
drive 80 were turned back, some able-bodied males, some that will be able for duty in 
a year or two, 3 and some yearlings too small. 

June 14. Captain Bryant made a visit to the Reef and found about 200 bachelors 
on the point, 100 on the south side, and some 200 on Zoltoi. Five females were landed 
in the bight on Gorbatch. About 20 per cent less bulls are on the breeding grounds 
than at the same date last year. In the afternoon a visit was made to Kitovi and 

'In this note we have proof of the return of the old bulls after feeding. 
-Evidently the bachelor seals have not left the vicinity of the islands this winter. 
3 See reference to scarcity of reserves in preceding year, July 10 and 25. 


Lukanin and but few bachelors were found. Thirty per cent ' less bulls are present 
than were out at this time last year. 

June 23. Captain Bryant found quite a number of females on Tolstoi and many 
1 and 2 year old seals along the different rookeries about the bay. He thought there 
was a lack of bulls. 

June 25. A party of natives were sent to drive off the seals on Otter Island. 
About 5,000 were driven off'. On the 18th 2,000 were driven off. 

June 26. A drive from Zoltoi gave 862 seals. A raid was made to-day on Otter 
Island ; 370 seals were killed. 

July 10. A drive from Tolstoi yielded 2,039 seals. Several schooners are shoot- 
ing seals about the island. 2 

July 29. A drive from Zoltoi gave 1,040 skins. The average of seals killed to 
the whole drive was 12 per cent, 1 ' the others being mostly yearlings. 

August 1. A drive of seals from Lukaniu gave 1,538 good skins; the drive was 
large, but only 7 per cent of them were fit to kill, the greater part being last year's 

August 2. The drive from Tolstoi and Middle Hill yielded 2,139 seals. This 
drive was much better than yesterday's, yielding 40 per cent. 4 Sealing was closed 
for the season. 

August 17. A drive for food was made from Kitovi and 134 killed; 5 stagy. A 
large number of females were found hauled with the bachelors. 

August 23. A drive for food from Kitovi yielded 207 good and 7 stagy skins. 
About 25 per cent of the drive was over one year old and no females were mixed in. 


September 10. A visit to Reef and Lukaniu showed a large number of seals, 
mostly pups and yearlings. The pups seem to be twenty days to one month behind 
last year and to have suffered from the bad weather of the past month. 

October 7. At a drive for food from Zoltoi, 133 seals were killed, all stagy. Exam- 
ination of the rookeries shows that the pups are hovering on the uplands; a large 
number have not yet begun to shed their pup hair. 5 There are very few bulls on the 
shores and those mostly yearlings. 

October 14. A visit to the Reef showed pups in good numbers on the uplands. 
They seem smaller in size for this time of year than they should be, and backward 
about shedding their first hair. Few females are on the shore. Only a few holostiaki 
are on the lower end of the Reef. 

'These references to redaction of bulls can only be conjectures. They doubtless form a con- 
tinuation of the conditions depicted by Captain Bryant the year preceding. See notes date of July 10, 
2.">, etc., 1875, and record for 1877 ff. 

2 It is evident from this that irregular pelagic sealing was carried on prior to 1883 in Bering Sea. 

3 This must be an error, as the drive would under these circumstances have numbered 8,600. In 
the note of August 1 a similar but more striking error occurs, since the average of seals killed would 
make the drive number 21,900 seals, which would be, impossible. 

4 The reference here and under date of August 23 would seem to indicate the appearance of fresh 
seals, making it likely that the earlier scarcity of these seals was due to temporary causes. 

5 The natives are said to have reported that the sea birds they shot late in November were late 
also in shedding their feathers. That many black pups should be found at this time is not strange. 
Such pups were to be seen after the middle of October in 1896. They merely represent belated births. 


October 31. A drive for food from Tolstoi gave 163 seals, all stagy. The drive 
contained a good proportion of 5 and 6 year olds l with a few females. 

November 12. It took the sea-lion drive six days to come down from Northeast 
Point; 188 were killed. 

November 15. Pups were driven from Kitovi and Lukanin for food; only 400 
were obtained. The earlier-born pups have left the island. 

November 16. Pups were driven from the south side of the Reef and 1,172 taken. 

November 17. Another drive from the Eeef gave 1,172. 

November 19. The Eeef was redriveu 2 and 706 were obtained. These must have 
come ashore since the former drives. 

November 22. An attempt to drive pups from Tolstoi failed on account of their 
having left. Keports from Zapadni show a few young seals there. Females without 
pups are on the shore and quite a number of bachelors are on the hauling ground of 

November 23. Men were sent to Zapadni to drive pups, but they were nil gone 
and holostiaki had to be driven instead. This is the first time since the transfer of 
the islands to the United States that there has been difficulty in getting the young 
seals, there usually being considerable numbers late in December. 3 The theory of the 
natives is that the greater mass of young seals (pups) were driven into the water 
during the severe snowstorm and gale on the 30th of October, and that they were 
unable to find the shore again and had gone away, while their mothers, being stronger 
and better able, returned to the shore without them. 4 

November 29. A visit to the Eeef shows that most of the females have gone and 
that there are only a few bachelors on the point. 

December 2. Eeports from Northeast Point show very few seals there. It is plain 
that the seals have left the island about a month earlier than usual. 5 

December 9. A visit to Tolstoi discloses the fact that there are 200 or 300 seals 
hauled up there. 

December 13. A food drive is made from Tolstoi ; 825 are taken ; a few are stagy. 
The entire drove contained about 5 per cent of half bulls, 6 50 per cent of 2, 3, and 4 year 
olds, and the remainder yearlings. An examination of Eeef rookery shows a few seals 
in the water, but none on shore; a few hundred are on Sea Lion Eock. Eeports from 
Northeast Point and other rookeries show that the seals have nearly all left the island. 

December 21. 7 A few seals are reported at Northeast Point. 

1 See reference to scarcity of young bulls under earlier dates for the year. 

2 This and the two preceding entries are interesting as showing the effect of disturbance on the 

3 The records of other years show that it was usual for the pups to leave with their mothers in 
the first half of November. It is therefore not strange that they should be wanting in the latter part 
of November. 

4 Captain Bryant observes, in this connection, that Kitovi and Lnkanin rookeries would 
ordinarily have furnished the required 4,000 or 5,000 pups male pups, of course. This gives some 
index to the size of the rookeries then, their yield being about 10,000 pups. Captain Bryant remarks 
also that we may expect a larger proportion of the pups to be lost at sea. The thought seems never 
to have occurred to him that the slaughter of the pups so earnestly sought for food tended to still 
further diminish them. As a matter of fact no scarcity of killable seals was noted from this cause in 
1879, when the quota must have been made up of these pups. 

fi See later entries in the log showing the return of the seals. 
* See earlier notes on scarcity of young bulls. 
7 No further record is made in the Journal until May 15. 
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May 16. No bachelor seals are to be seen on the rookeries; 2 sea lions are on Sea 

Lion Rock. 

May 17. The first seal appears at Village Hill (Spilki) rookery. 

May 21. The chief reports about 60 bachelor seals at Reef Point. 

May 22. Two bulls land at Village Hill (Spilki) rookery; a drive of 320 seals is 
made from the Reef for food. 

May 23. Natives return from Otter Island and report no seals. 

May 20. Northeast Point shows 60 young seals hauled out; 34 sea lions are 
driven; the sea lion cows are beginning to give birth to the pups. 

May 30. Several hundred young seals are hauled out at Halfway Point. 

May 31. About 300 young seals are at Reef Point. 

June 3. Apparently about 800 young seals are at Southwest Bay. 

June 4. Of the animals driven to day, 14 per cent were allowed to escape, being 
undersized; 5 per cent 1 were 5 and 6 year animals. 

June 5. The drive to-day consisted mainly of 3 and 4 year olds; 6 per cent were 
allowed to escape, being 5 and 6 year animals; per cent were small. 

June 6. Many "killers" were seen to-day, and several seals bear evidence of 
having been attacked by them. 

June 7. No young seals are on the Reef and a scarcity of this class is reported at 
Northeast Point. 

June 0. Of the seals driven to-day 15 per cent, large and small, were allowed to 
return to the water. Nine females are seen at Lukanin, being the first reported this 

June 11. A house is being built on Otter Island as a residence for a lieutenant and 
two sailors, who are to guard that island. 2 

June 12. Of animals driven to-day about 20 per cent were too small, and allowed 
to return to the water; of the rejected 7 per cent were of 5 years and upward. 


June 13. Of the animals driven to-day most were 3, 4 and 5 year olds; about 30 
percent were allowed to escape, 12 to 20 per cent being aged 5 years and upward. 

June 14. Of the drive to-day 20 per cent were undersized; 10 per cent were of 5 
years and upward. 3 

July 20. The young seals (pups) are hauling out by themselves; the cows are off 
in the water. 

August 4. The skins from Northeast Point (20,348) were shipped to-day. Thetotal 
from St. Paul for the year is 60,526; from the two islands, 75,526. 4 

1 With this and subsequent entries compare the statement of Captain Bryant regarding the 
scarcity of bulls in the rookeries during the past two seasons. We are forced to conclude that 
Captain Bryant's are merely erroneous conjectures. 

2 So persistent had been the attempts to raid this island that, on account of its isolated position, it 
was deemed necessary to station a guard there. 

:1 It is probable that these figures were taken with a view to refuting Captain Bryant's statements 
in 1875 and 1876 regarding the scarcity of males for breeding purposes, and they effectually do so. 

4 The reduction in the <|iiota was voluntary on the part of the lessees. 


August 10. Not more than 15 or 20 seals are reported on Otter Island to-day. 

August 27. Lieutenant Rogers reports no seals on Otter Island. 

October 13. A great change has taken place in the appearance of the seal rookeries 
within a few days past. The large seals are in the water and the small ones are hauled 
out on the water's edge. 

October 24. A food drive was made to-day and 140 killed, all stagy. 1 

November 8. The natives began to drive pup seals for food. 

November 12. Driving of pups for winter food was completed, a total of 5,007 
pups having been killed. 

December 25. Several thousand seals are reported hauled up on Sea Lion Rock. 


January 4. Great numbers of seals are still in the water about the island and on 
Sea Lion Bock. 

January 15. 2 The natives report large numbers of seals in the water about the 


May 1. The first seal was seen in the water to-day. 

May 6. Two bull seals and two sea lions are reported at Northeast Point. 

May 7. Snow and ice still prevent the free lauding of seals. 

May 9. Two bulls are on Gorbatch rookery. 

May 11. Four bulls are reported on Gorbatch; 2 at Reef; 1 at Kitovi; 1 at 
Lagoon; several at Zapadui. 

May 19. Seals are killed for food on Sea Lion Rock, 206 in all. 

May 26. At Reef Point from 200 to 300 bachelors are hauled out. 

May 29. The first seals arrive at Zoltoi to day. 

June 5. Observations on Gorbatch rookery show that the bulls are appearing 
somewhat behind time. 

June 8. Driving for the quota was begun to-day from the Reef; 21 percent were 
rejected as too small and about 5 per cent as too big five years and upward. 

June 10. Three cows were seen at Lukauin, the first for this season. 

June 18. The quota of 82,000 skins was completed to-day. 


August 31. The month has been unusually wet. The seal rookeries and grounds, 
however, present about the same appearance this year as at the end of August last 

October 18. A drove of 125 sea lions were killed for food. 

October 31. The small seals are leaving in schools everyday. No bachelor seals 
sire to be seen on the hauling grounds of this end of the islands. 

November 1. Food drives of pups begun. 

1 Attention is directed here and elsewhere throughout this record to the waste involved in thus 
killing seals while their skins were in a condition unsuitable for use. In the same connection should 
be noted the waste of the pups as indicated by the record for November 12. 

2 No further record until May 1. 


November 8. A final drive of 571 pups was made from Zoltoi and Eeef. The 
total number of pups killed was 5,206, the increase over last year being allowed 
because of the absence of bachelors. 

November 9. A few cows and pups are still to be seen on the several rookeries. 

November 30. The mouth of November has been warm. A few thousand seals 
are to be seen on the islands at various points; 300 or 400 are hauled out on Sea Lion 


December 17. Seals in large numbers are to be seen daily on the islands and in 
the water. 

December 31. A few hundred seals are hauled out on Sea Lion Rock and 
hundreds are in the water on all sides of the island. 


January 21. A few hundred seals are hauled out on Sea Lion Rock, and a few 
are seen nearly every day on all sides of the island in the water. 

April 29. One seal is out on Zoltoi and 1 on Reef rookery; a number are in the 
water on both sides of the village. 

May 3. Chief reports bulls on all rookeries except Tolstoi and Polovina. 

May 9. Bulls are arriving in large numbers daily; 16 are already on Lukanin ; 15 
bachelors are hauled out near Tolstoi, and quite a number can be seen on Sea Lion 

May 15. The chief reports many bulls on all the rookeries; about 50 bachelors 
are at Southwest Bay. 

May 16. The chief reports many bulls at Northeast Point. 


May 31. The quota is fixed for the year at 80,000 from St. Paul, 20,000 from St. 

June 2. The first regular drive was made to-day from Reef, 162 skins. Seals are 
appearing in considerable numbers on all the rookeries. A visit to Village rookery 
(Spilki) showed numerous bulls. 

June 7. Of the seals driven yesterday from 25 to 33 per cent were released, 
being under or over size, or choice individuals for breeders. 

June 10. The rookery at Halfway Point (Polovina) shows a couple of thousand 
bulls hauled out waiting for cows, which begin to come up in small numbers. 1 The 
bulls are fearless, and passing along the herd within 40 paces failed to create any 
considerable alarm. Bachelors, cows, and yearlings are mingled with the bulls in the 
proportion of not more than 1 to 10 on the breeding rookery. 

June 12. The Reef is well covered with bulls for this time of the year; they 
maintain their positions with obstinacy. 

June 18. A pup was seen near the village. 

June 20. There are 23 bulls' on Nah Speel (Spilki) rookery, 2 cows, and 1 pup. 
The first cow was seen on the 16th; its pup was noticed on the morning of the 18th. 

1 This statement is significant. At this date certainly the full quota of harem masters were 
present, and wr arc informed that there are 2,000 of them. Mr. Elliott in 1874 ascribed fully 10,000 
bulls to this area, or 300,000 "breeding seals and young." 

This figure should be contrast'' 1 with Elliott's estimate for 1874 of 260 breeding families for 
this rookery. 


June 23. A drive from Middle Hall and Tolstoi yielded 2,300 skins; about 25 per 
cent of the drove were released. More cows are out on Nali Speel rookery. 

June 24. A drive was made from Southwest Bay and 1,822 skins taken. A walk 
along the driveway showed that many seals had fallen out on account of the heat and 
the length of the drive. 

July 2. At the drive from Lukanin and Zoltoi, 1,885 skins were taken; about 
25 per cent were released 1 on account of the size, being 5-year-olds and upward. 

July 4. Cows are still arriving on Nah Speel (Spilki) rookery; about 80 per cent 
have pups. 

July 9. We found on passing around the Lagoon the bodies of numerous dead 
seals with fur on, probably 100. 2 

July 10. The bad weather of the week has driven the seals from the hauling 
grounds so that only 11,978 skins were taken during the four working days. 

July 12. The guard on Otter Island reports the hauling out of several hundred 
seals, which he drove off. 


July 16. To-day ends the sealing season; a drive was made from Middle Hill, 
yielding 2,282 skins, making up the full quota for the island. 

July 27. At a conference with the native chiefs complaint was made by them 
that the smoke and offal from the oil-making plant was driving away the seals. The 
agent promised to report the complaint to the Treasury Department. 3 


July 29. In footing up tbe tally sheets it was found that the quota has been 
exceeded this year to the extent of 572 skins, and these were withdrawn and charged 
to quota of 1880. 

July 31. The Eeef was visited to-day; the hauling grounds are thickly covered. 
A pup was taken from the Eeef plateau for dissection and investigation by Dr. White. 
The rookeries seemed quite destitute of cows, which were probably off in the water. 

August 1. The pup taken from the Keef was examined for heart pulsation and 
respiration; heart pulsation 22 to one- fourth minute; respiration 12 to the minute. 

August 4. The young pup from the Eeef was probably not a week old, but was 
provided with a full set of teeth in upper jaw, viz, 20. The nerve running to the 
whiskers was found to be very large. 

August 5. Tbe Eeef was visited. Seals were quite thickly hauled upon the 
plateau. The inspirations of pups were counted; result in one case, 10 in one minute; 
in another, 23 in three minutes; a 4-year-old bull gave 12 in three minutes. There 
are 10 teeth in the lower jaw of a pup. 

August 8. On Eeef seals are hauled out about as usual. The young half bulls 
seem to be holding pods of two or three cows on the upper grounds away from the 
water edge. 

1 This should be contrasted with Captain Bryant's claim that a sufficient reserve was not being 
left in 1875 and 1876. 

2 These were evidently seals that had died on drives from Zapadni or Tolstoi. 

3 What credence was given this absurd complaint is not known. The seals show utter indifference 
to the smoke of the vessels that ply about the islands. 


August 13. Seals are out in force on Tolstoi rookery. Fewer seals are on the 
hauling grounds, as the bachelors are now distributed over the rookery. 

August 10. A pup taken from Speel, upon dissection, showed the foramen ovale 

and the ductus arterioaus to be open. These ducts near the heart are usually closed 
up after birth in the animal world. The bulls have left the rookeries within a few 
days, making not far from three months' shore duty without food or entering the 

August 18. It is reported that seals have not hauled on Otter Island for two 


August 20. Three seals were examined by Dr. White. In all cases the foramen 
or ale and the ductus arteriosus were closed. They were found open only in the two 
mouths' old pup from Speel. Microscopic examination revealed a probable parasite 
to the flat parasitic worm that infests the intestines of the seal. The long, flat worm 
is found in the upper part of the bowels. The cylindrical worm, with pointed conical 
ends, is only in the stomach, so far as observed. 1 

August 22. The plateau of the Reef was quite uniformly covered with cows, pups, 
and bachelors. The females are more silvery gray 2 in appearance than formerly. All 
appear fat and healthy. 

August 23. The seals were found hauled out in large numbers over and well 
back from the rookeries. In a pup which was found dead on the rookery ground at 
Lukaniu ike foramen ovale was found open and the ductus arteriosus was short, large, 
and open. This pup was evidently newly born at the time of death, which must have 
taken place ten days at least before this date. No bladder was found, but a large 
duct passing from the umbilicus to the urinal vent. 

August 26. Found a dead female seal 3 years old cast upon the rocks along 
Speel. She was given to Dr. White for dissection. 

August 28. A drive from Zoltoi for food yielded 203 seals. 3 Only 3 skins were 
accepted; of these 2 were females accidently killed. 

August 29. Cows and pups are distributed quite numerously over Lukanin 
rookery. Many fine 5-year-old males are to be seen in different parts of the rookery. 

September 5. The rookeries at Tolstoi, English Bay, and Southwest Bay seemed 
to be in good condition for this season of the year. 

September 12. The old bulls are all gone from Lukanin and Kitovi. A few half 
bulls still remain. Cows, pups, and bachelors are numerous, but not so many are on 
shore as at my previous visit. Two female seals were found insensible under the bluff 
at East Landing, where they had evidently fallen from the top. 

September 23. A favorite hauling ground for the pups is the shore line south of 
the village, though unoccupied by any of the other classes of seals during the season. 
The north side shore is also frequented by pups as far as the new warehouse. 

1 These observations seem to have approached very closely the discovery of the parasite Uncinaria. 

2 Due to the presence of 2-year-olds and yearlings, the younger seals coming in later and being 
lighter in color as a rule. 

3 A discussion is noted between the Aleuts and the agent as to the age of the seals to be killed 
for food, the people preferring the smaller seals. The custom had been to kill the larger ones. The 
agent at this time, however, apparently granted the request to kill the smaller seals. Complaint was 
urged against the disturbance of the rookeries in getting the specimens for Dr. White. The skins of 
the smaller seals were naturally rejected and so wasted, while nothing is said of the disturbance 
created by driving Reef Rookery three times for food. 


September 25. The seals are largely diminished in numbers on the plateau of the 
Eeef. Evidently they live more in the water and haul out less frequently and for 
shorter periods at this season. 

September 30. Pups are still abundant on the south shore of the bluff under the 
village, and in the water edge along the edge. On Speel are three old bulls which 
seem to have come back to their old camping ground. 

Octobers. The sea-lion drive from Northeast Point arrived at G p. in., having 
left Northeast Point at noon Sunday, the quickest drive on record. The 195 sea lions 
killed were all females. ' 

October 20. In a drive for food from Lukanin 10 females were killed by accident. 
The seals still hold the plateau of the Eeef in about the same number as upon the 25th 

October 21. On Speel the cows and pups are holding both sides of the point. 
One old bull is hauled up among the cows. The pups are still nursing. 

October 25. No seals are hauled south of the village. It is evident that many 
cows and pups have gone since the cold weather set in. 

October 26. Permission was granted to kill 5,000 male pups. Complaint was 
made that it would be difficult to get 5,000 pups of sufficient size if the females were 
excluded. Permission to include females was positively refused. 

October 29. Upon knocking down a pod of pups driven from Lukanin such a 
large proportion were found to be females that orders were given to kill each one 
separately after examination ; 540 were killed. 

October 30. In the morning the balance of the drive was killed 335. Direction 
was given to the chief to see that the female pups were driven back into the water. 
Undoubtedly a large number of these will be unable to recover from the effects of the 
drive and will perish. 2 

October 31. From a drive of pups at Kitovi 999 were killed. Care had evidently 
been used in selecting this lot, as only one or two females were noticed. 

November 1. The pups which were killed by accident or exhausted on the drive 
from Kitovi were brought up in a wagon and distributed 90 in all; 7 were reported 
crushed by the larger seals while sorting the sexes. These were too small for food or 
use. Ten were brought in by the men engaged in the work of selection. A total of 
1,106 from Kitovi were killed, making 1,985 pups to date. A number of pup car- 
casses weighed 8 to 10 pounds each after the viscera, pelt, and blubber had been 
removed. 3 

November 3. At a drive of pups from Lukanin 1,142 were killed; 42 which had 
been killed in selecting or on the drive were brought in by the men. 

1 In this indiscriminate slaughter of the sea lions we probably have the cause of their great dimi- 

2 The probable careless methods of handling these pups in preceding seasons here suggested is 
worthy of note. The agent during this season seems to have given the matter close personal attention, 
and it is strange, in view of what he found, that the wasteful practice should have been allowed to 
continue. It is not likely that this agent's course of action endeared him to the natives, but it was 
certainly directed toward the best interests of the Government. 

:! As the skins of these pups, if allowed to grow up, would have been worth to the Government 
in tax alone $3, it becomes evident that the supplying of pup meat to the Aleuts was an expensive 


November 6. The pups killed by accident on the drive of yesterday 79 in all 
were brought in and distributed. 

November 10. A drive of pups was made from Gorbatch ; 356 were killed, making 
a total of 5,070. On this drive 4 females were overcome by the exertion or smothered 
by the piling of the drove. The drives from Gorbatch were composed of mothers and 
pups, which were drive.i on the level north of Zoltoi sands, and the pups caught and 
examined. Mothers and female pups were then released and driven into the water. 

November 13. In a drive for food made from the Eeef several females were killed 
by accident; probably eight or ten. 

November 19. Only 7 cows and 2 pups were on Speel rookery this morning and 
these took to the water on seeing a human being. 

November 25. The Eeef was visited to-day. The first plateau was found deserted 
and the second with about 100 seals upon it. The bluifs had quite a number on 
their sides. 

November 30. No pups and very few other seals are reported from Southwest 

December 27. It is reported that GOO seals are at Northeast Point; none at 
Polovina; a large number on Sea Lion Rock. 


January 10. A visit to Eeef to-day showed about 2,000 seals hauled out at the 
extreme point. Sea Lion Eock was thickly covered with seals and in the water south 
of the point there were numerous pods. 

April 30. Bull seals are reported on the Eeef, Tolstoi, and Lukanin, the first of 
the season. 

May 1. A visit was made to Gorbatch and 2 bulls were found hauled up and 
holding their positions. 

May 3. The 2 bulls previously noted on Gorbatch were gone. Two others were 
on the Eeef. These did not seem to be holding definite positions and they took to the 

May 14. A drive of 406 for food was made at Southwest Bay and 204 seals were 
killed. The killing is earlier than last year. All along the shore the bulls were 
holding their positions; quite a pod of bachelors were hauled up at Tolstoi. 

May 21. Eighty-six bulls holding positions were counted on Gorbatch. The 
number on the other side could not be counted. There were probably 300 in all, 
including both sides. 

May 24. An inspection was made on Kitovi and Lukanin rookeries; 112 bulls 
counted on Kitovi, and 142 on Lukaniu, with a possible error in the count of 25 

May 28. A single bull seal which hauled out at Speel yesterday, the first of the 
season, is gone to-day. 

May 29. No seals of consequence hauled at Northeast Point yet. 

1 In the foregoing record by Mr. Beaman we have an approach to what should have been the 
wide-awake agent's record. He gave in 1879 a count of the bulls on Polovina and Nah Spil. Here 
he has made a count of the bulls on Kitovi and Lukanin, which enables us to arrive at some idea of 
the true status of these breeding grounds. Had such a beginning been followed up and expanded it 
would have soon thrown the needed light upon the condition of the herd, but Mr. Beaman does 
not again appear in the record, and it again sinks into geueralties. 

RECORD FOR 1880. 275 


June 1. The regular sealing season began to-day, with a drive from the Reef, 216 
seals being killed. 

June 10. Reports show the rookeries at Northeast Point in favorable condition. 
The first seal pup of the season was seen on the Reef. Bulls numerous on the 
rookeries; killable seals scarce. 

June 16. Some difficulty is being encountered in obtaining killable seals in 
satisfactory numbers; 25 or 30 per cent of each drive has to be released, being either 
too large or too small. 

June 23. A visible improvement in the quality and number of killable seals is 
noticeable, a larger proportion of medium-sized 3-year-olds having appeared on the 
hauling grounds. The date of their appearance corresponds with last year. 

June 24. Large increase of cows is noticeable on the Reef. 1 

July 2. A visit to Kitovi, Tolstoi, and Lukaniu showed a marked increase in the 
number of cows and pups, especially at Tolstoi, where they lay like sardines packed 
in a box. 

July 3. The agent visited Otter Island, as directed, to keep lookout for vessels. 
A number of seals hauled out on the shore; no females or pups. 

July 15. Frequent visits to the Reef and other rookeries find them filled to the 
utmost limit of their apparent expansion of former years, the rookeries being packed 
closely with cows, bulls, and pups. Several freshly born pups seen. The rutting 
season appears to be at its height. 

July 17. A drive from Zoltoi yielded 534 skins, making up the island's full quota 
of 80,000 for the season; of this number 75.000 have been taken since the 1st day of 
June, an average of 2,167 skins per day for the thirty-five days actually consumed in 
the work. a 

August 11. On recent visits to Reef, Zoltoi, Lukaniu, and Tolstoi countless 
multitudes of seals of all classes have been found hauling out and spreading over 
ground not occupied earlier in the season. The shores along the front of all the 
rookeries are black with seal pups which are just learning to swim. The cows now 
go freely in and out of the water, released as they are from their more urgent family 
duties. Their masters pay little attention to their movements compared with the 
jealous watchfulness shown them during the breeding and rutting periods. 

August 15. About 1,000 seals reported hauled out on Otter Island. 

August 21. The appearance of Tolstoi and Reef rookeries at this time show 
them to be occupied by a larger number of seals, apparently, than at any previous 
period of the season. On the Reef the entire space from shore to shore is thickly 
covered with seals of all classes and ages. At Tolstoi all the ground held during 
the height of the season, together with the slope to the top of the bluff, is similarly 
though more densely covered. The pups, waxing strong, have hauled out far backward 
from the shore. 

1 It can not be determined from this and the following entries what is meant by the increase, 
whether it is over some date in the same season or over the preceding season. It is evident, however, 
that we can not infer a diminution as yet in the seal herd. 

2 It must be noted here that this result of the season's sealing is wholly incompatible with 
Captain Byant's claim of a scarcity of bulls in 1875-76. 


September 8. Seals are present in large numbers everywhere, the pups hauling 
out for play near the village, indifferent to the presence of human beings. The waters 
of the cove are alive with them and they literally swarm the shore about the Point 

September 12. Seals in undiminished numbers remain at Northeast Point and 
far down the north shore. 

October 20. Seals are hauled out at Tolstoi and the Reef in nearly as great 
numbers as in August; less numerous at Zoltoi, Kitovi, and Lukanin. The larger 
proportion by far are cows and pups. The latter class is also to be seen in large 
numbers in the water. 

October 31. The natives urged permission to begin killing pups, claiming 5,000 
would be needed. With a view to protect the seal life, the number of pups to be killed 
was fixed at 4,400, the natives being required to take more bachelors, their skins to 
go into the quota. It was shown that the natives were supplied during the year 
ending July 30, 1880, with no less than 11,801 small seals, making an average net 
weight of 8 pounds for the pup seals and 32 pounds for the larger seals, a total weight 
(estimated) of 255,928 pounds, or an average of 700 pounds a day for every day of the 
year, or more than 2 pounds a day for every native man, woman, and child on the 
island. 1 

November G. A drive of pups was made from the Reef to make up the total of 
4,400 for the season. 

November 22. The majority of the seals have disappeared ; comparatively few 
are at the Reef, Kitovi, Lukanin, Tolstoi, and Southwest and English bays. 

December 31. Seals have been scarce on land since the late heavy storm; but 
to-day several hundred appeared upon the Reef, while Sea Lion Rock and the water 
about it are black with them. A number are reported at Tolstoi and Southwest Bay, 
but more at Kitovi and Lukanin. 


January 3. Small drive was made from Tolstoi, the last of the season, and 123 
killed. A total of 2,308 large young seals and 4,413 pups killed for winter food. 

February 1. A few seals are reported in the water at Northeast Point; none on 

April 24. Three or 4 fur seals were seen near Sea Lion Rock in the water, possibly 
bachelors which have been about the islands all winter. 

May 1. A bull seal was seen at Speel, near the village. 

May 4. Five seals, including 1 bull, are in the water off the Reef. 

May 5. A dozen bull seals are hauled out at Kitovi, 2 at Northeast Point, and a 
number seen in the water off Lukanin. 

May 6. Two bull seals are hauled up on the Cove Spit (Lagoon). Fourteen bulls 
are reported at Lukanin. 

May 10. Ten bulls are at Kitovi and 20 at Lukanin. 

1 This entry puts the matter of waste through the killing of pups aud under-sized seals in its true 
light; but. as though the agent who had undertaken "to protect the seal life" had survived his 
usefulness, we hear nothing of him after this year, and nothing further is said about the killing of 
pups and small seals. 


May 12. Thirty-eight bulls are counted on the Reef, some of them hauled up as 
much as 200 yards from the shore. 

May 13. About 63 bulls are hauled up at Southwest Bay ami a number are seeu 
in the water. 

May 18. About 130 bulls and 2 bachelors are hauled up on Reef. 

May 21. About 175 to 200 bulls are on Reef to day. 

May 29. The first food drive of 165 seals was made to-day, fifteen days later than 
last year. 

June 6. The first killing (421 seals) of the regular sealing season was made from 
Reef and Zoltoi. 

June 8. A few cow seals are reported out at Lukanin. 

June 10. A small drive was made from Halfway Point, 474 skins. The season 
is slightly behind last year, apparently attributable to cold weather. Bulls are 

June 12. Two pups were seen to-day at Tolstoi, the first of the season. 

June 28. A raid on Otter Island was discovered and nipped short. 

July 8. A drive from Halfway Point gave 1,118 skins and 1,151 were taken at 
Northeast Point. Killing at the latter point was discontinued for the present. 

July 20. The last drive of the sealing season was made from Tolstoi, Zoltoi, and 
Lukanin, 2,530, making a total of 80,000 for St. Paul. 


August 9. About 1,000 seals are reported on Otter Island. 

November 17. An unusual number of seals remain on the islands at this date, 
probably owing to the mild weather. 

November 30. Seals in large numbers still remain on the island. (Apparently 
no killing of pups this season.) 


January 24. Four thousand to 6,000 seals are still to be seen on Sea Lion Rock 
and a few still remain at Northeast Point. 

February 8. A food drive was made from the Reef and 103 seals killed. 1 

April 26. One bull seal was seen in the water off Lukanin. 

April 28. One bull seal has hauled out at Kitovi; one is in the water off south end 
of Reef. 

May 2. Two bull seals are reported on Southwest Bay. 

May 8. Five bulls are on Tolstoi. 

May 16. A few young seals are on Sea Lion Rock. 

June 2. The first drive for the quota is made from Southwest Bay, Middle Hill, 
and Tolstoi; 400 killed. The quota for this year is 78,000 from St. Paul; 22,000 from 
St. George. 

June 13. A drive from Halfway Point yielded 217 skins; 366 were taken at 
Northeast Point. A few females and pups are present on the rookeries. An unusual 
number of " killers" are about the rookeries this mouth. 

July 20. A killing from Southwest Bay yielded 729, filling the quota of 1882. 

1 Again the seals seem to have remained a limit, the islands all winter. 



September 25. The rookeries at Tolstoi. English Bay, and Northwest Bay are all 
occupied by cows and pups hauled out upon laud, in many places quite a distance 
from the shore. 

October 14. The seals have left the breeding rookery (Lagoon) opposite the 
Warehouse. Most of the seals have disappeared from Tolstoi ; none are left at English 

December 31. No seals are visible except on Sea Lion Hock. 


April 30. The ice is still firm about the island. 

May 6. The chiefs report the appearance of seals on the Reef and Lukaniu. 

May 8. Seals reported on Tolstoi. Some ice still remains. 

May 1C. Several bull seals are on the Reef. 

June 4. The first regular drive of the season gave 592 seals from Southwest Bay 
and Tolstoi. 

June 10. But very few small seals have arrived as yet upon the island, a 
considerably smaller number than at this time last year. 

July 10. Owing to the small number of large seals, the work at Northeast Point 
was suspended and the sealers returned to the village. 

July 13. A drive from Southwest Bay yielded 2,444 seals. Seals are arriving 
late at St. George; only 7,500 secured there to date. 1 

August 2. There are 400 skins yet to be taken to fill the quota of 15,000 for St. 

October 26. Seals are leaving the island very fast; the rookeries and hauling 
grounds show that more than half have left; at Northeast Point but few remain. 

November 2. The quota of pups for food, 3,000 in all, was completed to-day. 

November 18. But few seals remain on the rookeries; more are on the Reef than 
anywhere else. 

November 24. About 2,000 large young seals have hauled up on Southwest Bay 
within the last two or three days. 

December 4. Trapping of foxes has been suspended, because the setting of traps 
near the rookeries tends to frighten the seals into the water. 

December 5. Seals have left Tolstoi, English Bay, and Halfway Point. A few 
are still at Southwest Bay, mostly cows and pups. A few small seals are on the Reef, 
but so near the water that it is impossible to drive them for food. 

December 12. A food killing from the Reef gave 420 seals. Seals are hauling 
out again at Southwest Bay and Northeast Point. 

December 2G. Natives report many seals hauled out at Northeast Point. Great 
numbers are seen daily in the water on the east side. A few hundred are on the south 
end of the Reef and many on Sea Lion Rock. 

1 In this and other entries during this season we see evidence of a growing scarcity of seals on the 
hauling grounds. This is in part doubtless due to the growing pelagic catch, but must in part also 
be due to peculiar seasonal conditions. 



January 11. A few hundred seals are on Sea Lion Rock. 

January 12. A few large seals are hauled out on the beach at the end of the 

January 20. The seals have left Northeast Point and Sea Lion Rock. 

March 6. Orders were given to shoot or house all hogs which had become a 
nuisance and had been visiting Zoltoi, Reef, and Nah Speel, driving the seals into the 

April 26. The first fur seal of the season was seen to-day. 

April 30. The large seals have hauled out at Southwest Bay; two at Tolstoi, 
and many in the water about English Bay. 

May 2. The large male seals are beginning to haul out on the rookeries. Several 
are already on the extreme south end of the Reef rookery, and quite a large number 
in the water. 

May 3. Two bulls are on Lukanin. 

May 11. Bulls are reported by the natives on all the rookeries. The first on 
Warehouse Point came last night. A few bachelor seals are hauled out at Southwest 
Bay and a few are in the water near the point of the Reef. 

May 15. "Killers" are quite numerous. 

May 21. Drives for food were made from Halfway Point and Reef; 187 killed. 
"Killers" drove a shark (?) on shore at Halfway Point. 

June 3. A drive was made from the Reef and 318 killed. 

July 21. A drive from Middle Hall, Kitovi, Zoltoi, yielded 1,911. This killing 
closed the season. The total number killed was 88,995, of which 85,000 were accepted 
by the company. 1 

July 29. Eight hundred seal skins are yet to be taken on St. George to complete 
the quota of 15,000 for that island. 

August 26. The number of large seals in the food drive to-day was unusually 
small. In a drove of 2,000 only 57 were killed, the skins of which were accepted. 
The state of affairs is very different from previous years and difficult to account for. 2 

November 5. Since the 3d, 2,731 pups have been killed for winter food. 

December 31. The weather is unusually mild. The seals have nearly all gone. 
Those remaining are at Southwest Bay, Reef, and Sea Lion Rock. 

April 27^ The first seal seen this season is hauled out at Southwest Bay. 


June 3. A drive (place not stated) was made and 49 seals killed. 
June 19. A drive from Lukanin and Halfway Point yielded 1,307 skins. The 
natives found an albino pup; it was dead, having been bitten in the head. 

1 The securing of this quota shows that a more normal condition of the hauling grounds existed 
in this season. One can not help noting in passing the rejection here implied of nearly 4,000 skins in 
skins in a quota of 85,000; or at $3 a skin, a loss of $12,000. 

2 Here we begin to see the actual scarcity of bachelor seals resulting from the diminished birth 
rate of 1880 and 1881, when the pelagic catch exceeded 15,000 as against a normal catch of 5,000 in the 
ten years previous. 


July 18. In the drive from the Eeef was an old bull with his ear cut off. The 
natives testified to the fact that the right ear of a number of male pups on the Reef 
had been cut off in 1871. The left ear was similarly cut off of a number of male pups 
on Lukanin rookery. The presence of this 14-year-old bull shows the fact that seals 
return to the rookery where they were born and live to be at least 14 years of age. 

July 27. 1 A drive from Zoltoi Eeef and Middle Hill yielded 983 skins, and closed 
the season. 

November 2. The natives killed pups from the Eeef, separating them on the 
ground and killing only males. 

November 7. The remainder of the quota of pup seals were killed, making in all 
for the season 2,788. 

November 30. Examination of the rookeries during the past week shows no seals 
at Kitovi, Lukaniu, Zoltoi, Village Eeef (Lagoon), and Halfway Point; very few were 
on Eeef, Tolstoi, English Bay, Middle Hill, Southwest Bay, and Northeast Point. 
Probably less than a thousand seals, all told, are on the islands. 

December 17. The natives make food drive from Keef, killing 708 seals. 

December 31. There is not a single seal left on the island. Their departure may 
have dated from Christmas night, as abtput 20 were seen on the Eeef at that time, but 
were not there the next day. 


January 8. One bull seal is hauled out to day on the Eeef, and about 50 in the 

January 19. Fully 2,000 seals are in the water between Sea Lion Eock and the 
Eeef. Some seals were hauled out on the point of rocks. 

January 21. The natives made a killing of seals on Sea Lion Eock for food, getting 
83. The weather for some time has been mild, this probably inducing them to haul 
out. No seals are on any of the rookeries. 

January 29. The natives killed seals for food at Southwest Bay. 2 

April 16. A killable seal, the first this season, was seen in the water at Northeast 

May 2. Two bulls were seen trying to land on Sea Lion Eock; 6 killable seals 
were in the water; 2 bulls were on Garbotch, and one was in the water trying to make 
a landing. One bull reported from Halfway Point in the water; 2 were hauled out at 
Northeast Point on April 28, and 2 in the water. Seals were seen in the water at 
Tolstoi and 2 had landed. 

May 5. A drive of 20 killable seals was made to-day, of which only 7 were killed. 
This is the earliest drive in years. 

May 6. I measured the Zapadni rookeries, on which at least a dozen bulls had 
already taken position. A dozen more bulls were found on Northeast Point yesterday. ' 

1 The retardation of the date at which the quota was filled is worthy of note as showing the 
growing scarcity of seals under the diminishing birth rate due to pelagic sealing. 

'* The frequent departures and returns of seals for this season as here recorded are interesting. 

3 As a result of the measurement here referred to, Mr. Tingle found the breeding territory doubled 
and the breeding population greatly increased over the conditions of 1872-1874. The absurdity of 
this appears presently when the decline of the herd already under way at this time becomes so plainly 
evident in 1889. 


May 8. Nah Speel has long since 1 been abandoned by the seals. 

May 9. Three bull seals have hauled up on the Lagoon rookery. 

May 17. A food drive was made from Southwest Bay and 74 killed. 

May 19. Seals are reported hauling fast at Northeast Point. Old bulls are 
located in considerable numbers as far as the top of Hutchinson Hill. "Killers" swarm 
around the point driving seals and sea lions on shore. 

May 24. A few cows were seen about a bull on Gorbatch, the first family of the 
season. 2 

June 4. Made the first drive of the season from the Reef, killing 561. 

July 26. The company finished the killing of the season to-day, getting the full 
quota of 85,000 skins. 3 A sealing schooner was captured with 574 skins on board. 


August 3. Five sealing schooners are reported in the neighborhood of the islands. 
October 1. At Northeast Point the rookeries are filled with seals. 


January 1. An examination of the rookeries shows them in good condition, with 
quite a number of small seals present. 

January 5. The weather is very mild; a large number of seals are about the 
island and on the different rookeries. 

January 11. An examination of the rookeries shows that all of the seals have 

February 28. The weather still continues mild ; four fur seals are seen on North 
(probably Northeast Point) rookery. 

May 1. One bull is reported on Eeef; one at Southwest Bay. 

May 3. Two bulls are reported at Tolstoi ; three at Southwest Bay. 

May 14. There are 23 bulls on the Reef; 14 at Southwest Bay; 8 at Tolstoi; 7 
at Lukaniu ; 2 on Lagoon Reef; 24 at Northeast Point. 

May 21. Fifty killable seals are reported at Northeast Point. 

May 24. A drive for food was made from Reef and Southwest Bay, 275 being 

June 6. The first drive for the quota was made from Tolstoi, 419 being killed. 

June 19. A number of cows have landed and some pups are born. 

July 24. Falling short on drives of yesterday, made small drive from Tolstoi, 
getting the needful 232 skins to make up the quota of 100,000. 4 


August 16. A drive of seals was made for food at Zoltoi, Reef, and Lukanin. Only 
207 were obtained out of a very large number. 

1 This is a mistake. See note under date of May 11, 1884. The abandonment occurred this very 

2 This was probably a group of bachelors with a bull among them. 

3 The retardation of the quota continues; prior to 1883 the quota was filled by, if not before, 
July 20. 

4 The filling of the quota was assisted in this year by the reduction of the age and size of the 
killable seals to be taken, thus anticipating the quota of the year following. 


The cutter Rush reports having captured four schooners the Bering Sea, with 
151 skius; Ann Beck, 336 skins; W. P. Sawyer, 479; Dolphin, GOO skins. 

Schooners have been shooting seals for days off Northeast Point. Watchmen 
have fired into boats five times to keep them off the rookeries. A schooner was 
seized off Otter Island with 161 skins. 

August 20. The Rush reports the capture of another schooner with 800 skins. 

October 29. Men sent to Northeast Point to examine rookeries report very few 

October 31. A distribution of 2,178 seal pups for food for the natives was made. 

November 20. Men were sent to Reef, Middle Hill, and Tolstoi to see if seals for 
a food drive could be found, but the storm of last night had driven them into the water. 

November 26. A drive for food was made from Middle Hill and Tolstoi. Very 
few fit to kill were found, many cows and small seals being mingled with them. 

December 5. Men were sent to Sea Lion Eock to kill seals for food- 


January 11. No seals are in sight on the island except at Sea Lion Eock. 

January 20. The natives report 700 seals at Northeast Point. They were ordered 
to drive them to the village, being careful and going slow if it took a week, killing 
all that gave out on the way. 

January 24. The first drive from Northeast Point reached the village at 2 p. m. 
in good condition, the time from Northeast Point being eighty-two hours. 

January 25. The second drive from Northeast Point came in at 8 a. m. in good 
condition, 100 hours on the way. Five hundred seals killed and the meat salted. 

January 26. Boats were sent for seal meat left on Sea Lion Eock. The living 
seals have left the rock. 

May 5. Two bulls are reported on the north side of the Eeef; 3 on Tolstoi. 

May 7. Eleven bulls are reported at Southwest Bay; 4 on the Eeef; 1 on Lukanin. 

May 9. The Eeef has 8 bulls and 1 was seen lauding. 

May 10. Four bulls are out on the Village Eeef (Lagoon). 

May 11. Twenty-five killable seals are reported from Northeast Point. The Eeef 
has 15 bulls; Lukauin, 4. 

May 26. Watchmen report 1 pup born at Northeast Point on May 21. The seals 
and bulls are hauling very fast on all the rookeries for this time of the year. 

May 28. A drive for food was made from Eeef. "Killers" are in sight around 
the island close in to shore. 


June 6. The first regular drive of the season was made from Eeef, 121 skins being 

June 21. The rookeries are still very sparsely populated and killable seals are 
hauling slowly. 

July 27. The season's sealing closed to-day, completing the full quota of 100,000 
skins; 85,000 from St. Paul; 15,000 from St. George. 1 

1 The quota was this year, as last, composed of an increasing number of undersized seals, thus 
anticipating the quota of 1889. 

RECORD FOR 1889. 283 


October 30. The heavy gale has done damage in killing pups on different parts 
of the islands 5 the damage to seal life by such storms as this must be great. 1 

November 9. Driving of pups for winter food, begun on the 5th, was completed 
to-day. 2 

November 24. A drive of seals. could not be made to-day, all being in the water 
on account of the snow and wind. 

November 26. A drive from Reef was secured and 104 killed. The bachelors are 
very scarce now on this side of the island, and when you find them they are mixed up 
with the cows. 

December 11.- -Three unsuccessful attempts to get a drive have been made since 
the 1st instant. The seals have all gone from this end of the island, with the exception 
of a few at Tolstoi, and they can not be reached. A good many seals are reported 
still at Northeast Point. 

December 13. After many efforts, a drive of seals was made from Tolstoi and 206 
were killed. Seals are very scarce, except at Northeast Point. The bad weather of 
the fall probably accounts for it. 

December 26. The boats went to Sea Lion Rock, securing 78 seals. 


May 3. One bull seal is reported on Sea Lion Rock. 

May 4. The chief reports 1 bull seal this afternoon on Reef. The ice about the 
island makes it hard for the bulls to land. 

May 7. Three bull seals are on the Reef; 1 on Kitovi. 

May 10. Eight bulls are on the Reef; I on Zoltoi; 20 on Northeast Point, and 21 
at Southwest Bay, English Bay, Tolstoi, Lukanin and Kitovi; total to date, 50. The 
bulls are hauling faster than last year, but the spring is very late. The island is still 
surrounded with ice and plenty of deep snow lies on the beaches. 

May 11. Three bulls are on the village reef (Lagoon); 9 on Tolstoi. 

May 22. Natives kill 124 seals on Sea Lion Rock. 

May 31. "Killers" are numerous about the island. 

June 4. A visit to Tolstoi showed 2 cows and about 200 or 300 killable seals. 

June 7. Only about 60 seals are on the reef; about 200 on Southwest Bay; very 
few at English Bay and Tolstoi. 

June 10. Made a drive from reef; obtained 120 only. A good many cows with 
pups are reported on the rookery. 

June 26. The killing of 4,200 seals to date is reported from St. George; killed 
1,314 seals to-day from English Bay and Middle Hill. At Northeast Point 441 were 

June 27. Killed seals at Southwest Bay, 311; and at Northeast Point, 844. 
About 2,000 killable seals were found on Otter Island. 

1 This statement is too vague to be of value, but it is probable that here as later the phenomenon 
of dead pups on the sands of English Bay, Zoltoi, and elsewhere, after a heavy gale, is alluded to. 
The investigations of 1896 and 1897 show that these were wormy pups washed from the rookery fronts 
and deposited on the sand beaches. Few pups are killed by the surf. 

2 In view of the continued decrease of the young male life on the hauling grounds this premature 
killing of its product seems wholly inexcusable. 

15184, PT 2 3 


June 29. A drive from English Bay and Tolstoi yielded 1,038 skins. The quota 
is 5,000 skins short of the conditions of last year at this time. 

July 2. A drive at Halfway Point yielded 834 skins. At Northeast Point 968 
skins were taken. Seals are coming in slowly this year and seem to have diminished. 

July 6. A drive from English Bay and Tolstoi yielded 1,302. At Northeast 
Point 376 were taken. The quota is now 7,000 short as compared with last year, the 
shortage being chiefly at Northeast Point. St. George is reported to be 1,300 skins 
short as compared with last year. 

July 10. A drive from Halfway Point yielded 654, and one from Northeast Point, 
800 skins. The quota is 7,370 short as compared with last year. 

July 13. At Southwest Bay 1,006 skins were taken; at Northeast Point, 793. 
There is an evident decrease also in the breeding rookeries. 1 

July 25. Two schooners, having 418 and 76 skins, respectively, were captured. 
A drive from English Bay and Middle Hill yielded 1,752 skins. 

July 31. At Northeast Point 538 skins were taken to-day, making the total of 
85,000 for the season. 2 

August 9. St. George furnished only 14,978 skins. 


September 1. The old bulls have about all gone from the Reef. The pups are 
getting rather large and can be seen by the thousands playing in the water, but they 
are not nearly so numerous as in the past. 


October 6. Captain Healy, of the Bear, reports that in several days' cruise about 
the islands he had not seen a dozen seals in the water within 10 miles of shore. All 
the bull seals which held places on the breeding grounds have gone. The rookeries 
are well covered with cows and pups, mixed with bachelors. The water adjacent is 
full of seals as far out as 2 miles. 

November 7. At a drive of pups for food 1,044 were killed and distributed. 

November 18. The killable seals are in the water or near its edge and mixed 
with cows. 

November 23. A raid was made on Zapadni; 7 dead cows were found and 1 
wounded bull. A drive from Reef was made, yielding 347 seals for food. 

December 2. There are few seals on the Reef. They have all left Lukanin and 
Kitovi. A number remain at Zapadni and large numbers are reported at Northeast 

1 Here we have the first intimation that there is any diminution in the breeding Heals. 

2 This quota, as we know, for 1889 was made up almost wholly of undersized seals, which would 
not under normal conditions have been taken at all. This course of action was pursued because the 
lease under which the islands was then held was drawing to a close. The conditions were well 
enough understood by the lessees, if not by the officers of the Government, :\s the following 
statement by Superintendent Mclntyre ("Seal Life," Senate Doc. 137, Part I, 1895) will show: "I 
repeatedly pointed out to our company and to the special Treasury agents during the seasons of 1887, 
1888, and 1889 that the seals were rapidly diminishing, and that in order to get the full quota allowed 
by law we were obliged to kill, in increasing numbers in each of those years, animals that should 
have been allowed to attain greater size, and finally the catch of 1889 was mostly of this class." 
This admission makes clear the conditions of these years and fully explains the gradual progress of 
the decline notwithstanding the abrupt collapse of the bachelor herd. 


December 4. No seals remain on Lagoon. 

December 11. A food drive was made from Zapadni. It was two days in reaching 
the village. Six seals perished on the way. The drive yielded 240 skins. 


January 22. Pour hundred seals are reported hauled up under Hiitchinson Hill. 
Natives were sent to secure them. 

January 26. Two hundred and one seals were killed at Northeast Point. 

January 27. Natives sent in boats to Sea Lion Eock, succeeded in killing 180 

April 28. The first bull of the year hauled out at Tolstoi Eookery to-day. 

April 29. Three bulls hauled out at Zapadui. 

April 30. One bull is on Sea Lion Kock. 

May 6. Ten bulls are on Zapadni and 6 on Eeef Point. 

May 7. Three bulls hauled out on Lagoon. 

May 9. Eighteen bulls are on Zapadni. 

May 10. One hundred bulls are reported at Northeast Point; a large number in 
the water. 

May 12. Six bulls are hauled out at Halfway Point. 

May 14. Fifty bachelor seals are reported hauled out on Sea Lion Eock. 

May 21. The first killing for food was made on Sea Lion Eock, 131 seals. 

June 15. Mr. Goff made an examination of the Eeef, comparing its conditions 
with those of the same date last year. He found more bulls and a better class, i. e., 
uniformly larger and covering more ground. The bachelors on the extreme point are 
not as numerous as a year ago. 

June 6. The north end and middle part of Lukauin show fully as many seals in 
sight as last year; while the western end does not make so good a showing. 

June 10. The first cow arrived on the Eeef on the 5th. The first pup was born 

June 11. The first drive for the quota was made from the Eeef, yielding 574 skins. 

June 18. A drive from Middle Hill and Tolstoi yielded 274 skins. Nineteen 
half-grown bulls were turned away. As many yearlings as seals killed, and half as 
many 2-year-olds, were allowed to return to the water. These figures constitute a 
fair average for the work of the season thus far; the bulls actually counted; the 
others are a close estimate. 

June 23. At a drive from Middle Hill and Tolstoi 521 were killed. Seventy-five 
per cent of the seals driven to the village were turned back into the. sea, 10 per cent 
being 2-year-olds and the balance yearlings. 

June 24. Of the drive from Eeef and Zoltoi 426 seals were killed. About 65 
per cent of the drive was turned back into the sea, about all being yearlings. 

June 26. From the drive at Southwest Bay 117 were killed; 65 per cent were 
rejected. Of those turned away half were yearlings, one-fourth 2-year-olds, and the 
rest old bulls. 

June 28. A drive of 1,417 seals was made from Eeef 206 were killed; 1,211 were 
turned back. At Northeast Point 79 seals were killed out of a drive of 2,000. 

June 30. A drive from English Bay, Middle Hill, and Tolstoi yielded 209 skins; 
83 per cent of the drive was rejected. 


July 1. At a drive from Keel' 246 were killed and 95 per cent turned back. 

j u ly 2. At a drive from Halfway Point 242 seals were killed and 95 per cent 
turned back. 

July 4. At the drive from Tolstoi 481 were killed and 90J per cent turned back. 
To day the lessees lowered the standard of weight of skins taken to 5i clean. 1 

July 5. A visit to Otter Island showed not more than 50 seals hauled out, and 
not more than a dozen seals were seen in the water between here and the island. 

July 17. Of the 1,514 seals driven from Polovina, 87 per cent were rejected; of 
1,320 from Lukanin and Kitovi 85| per cent were rejected. 

July 18. At the drive to day from Zapadni 241 seals were killed out of a drive 
of 1,192. The lessees began taking "wigs" this morning, 82 being taken. 

July 19. Out of a drive of 4,620 from the Reef and Zoltoi, 556 were killed. 

July 20. 2 The drive from English Bay, Middle Hill, Tolstoi, Lukanin, Kitovi, and 
Rocky Point furnished 780 skins; 3,956 were rejected. 

August 1. Mr. Goff visited Kitovi, Lukanin, English Bay, Middle Hill, and 
Tolstoi to-day and estimated that 5,000 seals could be driven from these rookeries and 
that 10 per cent of them would be killable. 


August 14. A drive for food was made from Lukanin and 124 killed; 6 were 
smothered in the drive. 

September 7. A schooner has been shooting seals off Northeast Point, within a 
mile of shore, for several days; 100 shots were counted in some cases for one seal 

November 12. Pups from Reef rookery were killed, 324 in all, making a total of 
2,364, or 12 each for the 197 natives on the islands. 3 

December 4. A food drive from Reef yielded 258 skins, of which 235 were prime. 


April 24. A native reports a bull seal landed at Northeast Point. 

April 29. No seals are hauled out on the Reef, but seals are in the water about 
Sea Lion Rock. 

April 30. The first bulls are hauled out on the Reef to-day and on Sea Lion Rock. 

May 2. Bulls are hauling out to-day on all the rookeries. 

May 15. At a food drive from Reef 233 were killed. 

June 4. A drive from Reef was made for the lessees and 476 killed; 13 small 
seals died on the drive. 

1 Heretofore an attempt was made to get a better grade of skins than were taken in 1889, but 
such seals being wanting it was necessary to take smaller ones. The weight of skins here authorized 
would include 2-year-olds. 

3 This closed the season by order of the Treasury agent under protest from the lessees. In view 
of the percentage of rejected seals in the drive even after lowering the weight to the unprecedented 
figure of 5 pounds, and then authorizing the taking of "wigs," this course would seem to have 
been fully justified. The seals were simply not to be had. This view is borne out by the small 
showing of the hauling ground visited on August 1 after two weeks' rest. The quota of 1890 had 
been anticipated in filling that for 1889. 

3 In view of the depleted condition shown the bachelor herd of this year, it is incomprehensible 
that this wasteful practice of slaughtering pups to furnish an article of luxury for the natives 
should have been allowed. We are glad to note that this is the end of the matter, but that it should 
hjave continued so long is hard to contemplate with patience. 


June 11. Seals were driven from the Reef and 718 killed ; 1,112 seals were killed 
at Northeast Point. The first cows of the season were reported to-day. 

June 12. At the killing to-day at Zapadni 418 seals were taken ; 50 per cent of 
seals driven were turned back. 

June 13. A drive was made from Tolstoi and 232 killed ; 430 were killed at 
Northeast Point; 50 per cent of those driven were turned back. The killing this year 
has been limited under the modus vivendi to 7,500 6,000 from St. Paul and 1.500 
from St. George. 

June 14. Tbe first pups were reported to-day. 

June 16. A drive was made from the Eeef and 649 killed; about 65 per cent 
were turned back. Fifty per cent of these could have been taken, furnishing skins of 
6 pounds and over, except for the order of the Government limiting the catch to 7,500. 

June 20. Killed seals from Tolstoi, 116, to complete quota of 7,500. 

June 27. The natives were informed that they would be allowed to kill seals for 
food until the stagy season, but that none would be killed while stagy. 

July 12. During the past five or six days the rookeries have been carefully 
scanned, and it is believed that at this date they are at their very best for this year. 
To all appearances the pups are fully 95 per cent of the cows. 


September 1. Mr. J. Stanley-Brown reports a very large number of young pups 
lying dead upon the rookery at Northeast Point, which, from their emaciated 
condition, have evidently died of starvation. Others still alive but in a starving 
condition. 1 

September 21. Five " killers" are reported oif East Landing. 

November 23. A small drive was made from the Reef but was found to be largely 
of cows and let go. A drive was made from English Bay and 133 killed. 

December 2. The seals are rapidly disappearing. 

December 3. Natives returning from Zapadni report no seals there. 

December 5. Watchmen were recalled from Northeast Point. Only a few seals 
are reported there and those in an inaccessible place. No seals are at Halfway Point. 


April 27. The chiefs report 2 bulls hauled up at Southwest Bay, the first arrivals 
of the season. Seals have been seen in the water some distance from the shore off 
Reef rookery, but none have hauled up there yet. This is three days earlier than the 
first arrivals of last year. 

April 30. One bull seal is reported on Reef rookery this morning. 

May"6. A native returning from Northeast Point reports 18 bulls hauled out 
there and 10 killable seals. 

May 10. Northeast Point watchman reports 40 to 50 bulls hauled out; 10 or 12 
killable seals. 

1 This is the first record of starved pups which we have, though they must have been starving 
by the thousands ever since 1886. This fact, together with the failure to recognize the deaths due to 
the parasitic worm Uncinaria, show how little real inspection of the rookeries was done in all these 



July 6. One bull, 1 cow, 1 pup, and 3 or 4 bachelors are reported at Southwest 

July 8. A food drive was made from Middle Hill. The natives complained 
through their chief that the meat of the older bulls was not relished by the people. 

August 5. Captain Hooper, returning from cruise of Gorwln with Jacob 
Kotchuten as hunter, reports seals more numerous at 200 miles out than at any other 
point visited in Bering Sea. Seals killed by his hunter were mothers in milk. 


September 1. Thousands of seals bulls, cows, pups are on Eeef rookery. 
Numerous dead pups were seen. 

November 12. One hundred and forty-eight seals from Middle Hill and Tolstoi 
were killed for food. One pup was smothered on the killing ground. Three seals 
died on drive. 

December 10. A visit to Halfway Point rookery showed that all the seals had left. 


April 17. Three men left for Northeast Point to clear off the rookeries. 

April 19. A few seals were seen swimming in the water near Eeef rookery and 
some were hauled out on Sea Lion Eock. 

April 27. A native reported seeing a bull hauled up at Zapadni rookery. 

April 28. There are no seals on the Eeef rookeries. They were probably driven 
away by the Arctic ice. 

April 30. There are no seals at Tolstoi and Middle Hill. One old bull is hauled 
out at Lagoon rookery. 

May 1. There are no seals at Lukanin, Kitovi, and Eeef. One old bull hauled up 
at Gorbatch. 

May 5. One old bull is seen at Kitovi, 2 at Lukanin. The chief reports, on 
returning from Northeast Point, 9 old bulls hauled out at Halfway Point. 

May 13. Two old bulls are hauled up at Tolstoi. Native watchmen returning 
from Northeast Point report 57 old bulls, 27 sea lions, and 50 bachelors hauled out 

May 15. Ten old bulls are at English Bay, 17 at Zapadni, and 25 bachelors 
hauled out. None on Middle Hill. 

May 17. Twenty- seven old bulls and 20 bachelors are hauled up on the Lukanin ; 
29 old bulls at Kitovi. 


June 15. Seals are slowly coming on the rookeries. 

June 16. Seals were driven from Tolstoi for food and 471 killed. 


June 26. From Zoltoi 2,000 seals were driven and 736 skins taken. 
July 4. A schooner was reported off Northeast Point with boats down and 
shooting seals. 1 

1 This is one of the years of the modus vivendi, when Bering Sea was supposed to be closed. 


July 6. A drive was made from the Reef and 489 killed. A schooner is hovering 
about Southwest Bay and Northeast Point. 

August 7. Seals were driven from Zoltoi and 43 killed. (A protest is made by 
the agent of the company to the Treasury agent in charge of the islands against the 
practice of Lieutenant Ainsworth, while acting agent, of visiting the rookeries. The 
injurious effect of this upon the seals is urged.) 

November 9. The weather is blustery and cold. No seals are out and the snow 
and wind have driven them into the water. 

November 26. The seals are leaving Polovina rapidly. 

November 27. One hundred and eighty-eight seals were killed from Tolstoi and 
Reef. After the killing 8 dead pups were found on the road. Their death was due 
to the darkness and the impossibility of the drivers distinguishing the seals. 

December 8. No seals are inland at Lukanin, Kitovi, and Reef rookeries. Some 
are in the water. None anywhere about Lagoon. 

December 15. The seals have left Northeast Point rookeries. A few are in the 


April 26. Three fur seals are reported in the water at the Reef. It is impossible 
for them to haul up on account of the ice. If there is no better prospect next week 
an effort will be made to cut a way for them. 

May 1. The native chief reports 10 seals in the water and 1 bull hauled out on 
Reef rookery. 

May 4. No seals are hauled up on Reef, Lukanin, and Kitovi. A few seals are 
in the water. 

May 6. One bull hauled up on Lagoon rookery. 

May 7. Heavy ice comes from the north. In the evening men returning from 
Northeast Point report 9 bulls hauled out and 10 on ice, also 1 bull at Lukanin. 

May 9. A drive and killing was made on Sea Lion Rock, securing 87 seals. 

May 11. A native returning from Halfway Point reports 1 bull hauled out there, 
another is hauled out at Lukanin, and 3 on the Reef. 

May 13. Seals are hauling out slowly; they come in on the ice; 9 bulls are on 
Reef, 5 on Kitovi, 3 on Lukanin, 5 on Zapadni, and 1 on Tolstoi. 

May 20. Owing to the ice, it will be necessary at Northeast Point to cut a way 
for the seals, the ice being too high and too steep for them to climb. Five men are 
sent to Northeast Point to cut the roads. 

May 24. One native returns from Northeast Point. He reports 13 roads cut for 
the seals. Two men remain as watchmen. Five hundred seals haul out as soon as 
the roads are cut. Four are killed by the men for food. 

June 19. A drive made from Tolstoi resulted in the killing of 541 seals. The 
killing was made at Ice House Lake to shorten the drive. A few cows have arrived 
at Tolstoi. 

June 23. Cows are arriving in fair numbers on the rookeries at Zapadni; a drive 
was made from there one-fourth of a mile long; 850 seals killed. 



July 24. Drives were made yesterday and to-day at Northeast Point, resulting in 
killing of 1,395 seals. Five seals were smothered in the drive because so small that 
they could not protect themselves. The skins were tanned with a view to determining 
whether skins taken thus within a short time after seals had died in this way would 
be good. (There seems to be no record of the results of this experiment.) 

August 28. A live but blind albino pup was caught by natives at Northeast 
Point and brought to the village. 

August 29. Instructions were given the remaining agent not to kill for food before 
October 10, and to discontinue then till the end of the month if many of the skrns 
were still stagy. 

September 9. A visit to Gorbatch was made and 100 dead pups discovered. 

September 12. A count was made of the dead pups on the Lagoon, part of Tolstoi 
and Lower Zapadni rookeries, resulting in the finding of several hundred pups. The 
count was not thorough, because such a count at this season of the year would 
work great damage to the rookeries. 1 

October 3. The agent in company with two natives counted dead seal pups on 
the east side of Reef, finding 1,901 ; 7 dead cows and bulls were also found. 

October C. Eight hundred and forty-nine dead pups and 3 dead cows were 
counted on Lukanin ; 377 pups, 1 bull, and 1 cow on Kitovi. 

October 11. Northeast Point rookeries were counted for dead pups and 2,847 
found. Owing to the heavy surf of the past few weeks, rookeries have been well 
washed and many of the dead pups carried to sea. At Halfway Point were counted 

October 23. Dead pups were counted on Zapadni, between sand beach and Gov- 
ernment watchhouse, and found to number, 2,143. 

December 1. Most of the rookeries are deserted by the seals. Those still remain- 
ing are very shy, taking to water easily. 

December 2. A few seals are on Tolstoi and Lukanin, none on Middle Hill. But 
few seals on Gorbatch and Eeef. A number are on Sea Lion Eock, but they can not 
be reached. 

December 11. A few seals are in English Bay, but none on Zapadni, Tolstoi, or 
Middle Hill. None are on laud on the Eeef; a few in water. 

December 12. Natives returning from Northeast Point report a few seals in 
water but none on land there or at Halfway Point or Lukanin. 

December 18. Lukaniu and Kitovi rookeries were visited, but they failed to 
show seals, either on land or in the adjacent water. 


May 2. Not a single seal has yet been seen on the island by anyone. The 
earliest arrivals are doubtless kept off by the barrier of ice which surrounds the 

May 5. The first seal, a bull, is reported hauled out on Zoltoi sands. He can not 
leave on account of ice. 

May 9. The bull from Zoltoi crossed over to Gorbatch Bay during the day and 
then over to east side of Eeef, where he was in the evening. 

'This is nonsense, but shows plainly why the condition of the rookeries was so little known. 


May 10. The lone bull seal departs. 

May 14. Natives returning from Southwest Bay report 20 seals in water near 
Zapadni ; none at English Bay or Tolstoi. Two bulls hauled up last night on the 
Reef and 4 more this morning. Ice at Southwest Bay makes it impossible for bulls to 
haul out except at high tide. 

May 16. Natives were sent to Northeast Point and report about 20 killable seals* 
in water and 6 bulls, 2 hauled up. The ice is in such a condition as to make it seem 
necessary to cut roads for them to haul. A force is sent to Southwest Bay; they cut 
7 roads there. Similar work is done on the Reef and Gorbatch. Eight bulls are 
reported at Zapadni and about 50 bulls and bachelors in water. 

May 17. One bull on Kitovi and 2 on Lukanin are reported to-day. 

May 19. Two bulls hauled on Lagoon rookery during the day. 

May 26. "Killers" are seen on east side. 

May 27. Passes are cut in the ice at Northeast Point; 75 to JOO seals are 
estimated at the Point. Reports from Southwest Bay give 60 bulls at Zapadni; 8 
bulls and 3 killable seals are at Tolstoi. Forty killable seals are reported from the 

May 28. A drive for food is made from the Reef and 79 killed. 

June 13. A drive was made from Tolstoi; 184 seals killed. 

June 16. Five cow seals reported at Northeast Point; 1 at Halfway Point; none 
at Lukanin. 

June 18. Not a solitary cow to be seen on the Reef. 

June 20. At Northeast Point 1,961 are killed. 

September 2. Judge Crowley visited Tolstoi, reporting an enormous number of 
dead pups. 

September 5. Hundreds of dead pups are reported on Reef. 


September 23. The dead pups were counted on Lukanin and Kitovi, finding 854 
pups and 7 cows on Kitovi; 1,347 pups and 8 cows on Lukanin. 

September 24. Scarcely any pups are to be found dead on the lower portion of 
rookeries, as they have been swept away by the surf. 

September 29. Dead pups were counted on the Lagoon. But I pup found 
adjacent to water's edge on account of surf. Total count 300 pups, 2 cows, 1 bull ; 
40 starving and dying pups were noted. 

October 3. Dead pups were counted on Sea Lion Rock 361 and 1 cow. 

October 6. Dead pups were counted on Halfway Point 1,748 pups, 1 cow; all 
the bodies were well back, the rookery being washed by surf. On Gorbatch, 1,514 
pups, 7 cows, and 2 bulls were found. 

October 8. On Zapadni 4,860 pups, 13 cows, and 3 bulls were found west of sand 
beach; 37 L pups and 2 cows east. On English Bay, 381 pups, 2 cows, and 1 bull were 
found; on Reef, 3,376 pups, 25 cows, and 8 bulls; on Tolstoi, 2,582 pups, 8 cows, and 
1 bull. 

October 10. On Northeast Point 4,017 pups, 25 cows, and 4 bulls were found. 
Little Polovina had 222 dead pups and 1 cow. 

November 11. Examination of Reef, Lukanin, Polovina, and Tolstoi demonstrates 
the fact that the seals there are mixed bachelors, pups, and cows together, and hauled 


well back from the water a condition which it is said has never existed before to 
such an extent. The seals have seemed restless ever since my return to St. Paul on 
September 13. Whether this is due to constant disturbance during the summer and 
breeding season when they were constantly subject to daily scientific and photographic 
investigation can not be said positively, but such is believed to be the case. The 
counting of pups starved on the rookeries necessitates the driving off all the seals and 
is detrimental; it should be stopped. 1 

November 21. No seals are on Halfway Point and Lukanin, and the outlook is 
not very cheerful. 

November 22. Few bachelors are on the Beef, and those present are mixed with 
cows and pups. A drive was ordered and 57 killed ; cows outnumbered the bachelors 
in the drive. 

November 25. On Middle Hill is the only place where killable seals are to be 
found. The cows are leaving the islands. 

November 26. A drive from Reef resulted in the killing of 78 seals. 

December 9. Seals have left Lagoon on account of bliz/ard. 

December 13. No seals remain on the island ; a few are in the water. 


April 13. Native reports 1 bull seal landed on the Reef, the first seen this season. 

May 5. Two roads for seals were cut on the Keel' ; another bull has landed there. 

May 7. Six roads were cut at Zapadni; 6 bulls are reported hauled out at this 
rookery and many are in the water. 

May 11. Nine bulls are reported at Zapadni; 4 at Southwest Bay; 1 at Tolstoi; 
16 at Reef; 15 at Northeast Point; killable seals are reported at Zapadni and at 
Northeast Point in the water, also about 60 on Sea Lion Rock. There are 2 bulls at 

May 13. One hundred and twenty-one seals are killable for food. 

June 1. A dead cow is reported on Rocky Point, crushed by the ice. 

June 5. No cows have hauled as yet. About 700 bachelors and bulls are 
reported at Northeast Point. 

June 14. Five cows and 1 pup are on the Reef; about 200 bachelors on the end 
of Reef; 4 cows, 1 pup, and about 50 killable seals are out on Lukanin. 

June 23. A seal drive was made from the west side of Northeast Point and 
1,414 seals taken; the following day the east side was driven and 1,408 skins secured. 

July 13. A drive was made from the east side of Northeast Point and 1,169 
seals killed; the following day the west side was driven and 1,045 killed. 

1 This is a mere expression of opinion, and as a matter of fact is an erroneous one. As the 
experiments of 1896 and 1897 show the seals do not mind such disturbance any more than they do 
being driven from the hauling grounds. The mixing of seals of various classes, as here noted, always 
occurs late in the season. See date of August 7, 1876. 





The United States Fish Commission steamer Albatross steamed from Seattle at 9 
o'clock a. m., June 24, having on board Dr. David Starr Jordan, commissioner in 
charge of the American fur-seal investigation; his associates, Dr. Leouhard Stejneger, 
Mr. Frederic A. Lucas, Capt. Jefferson F. Moser, Mr. Charles H. Townsend, Col. 
Joseph Murray, and Mr. George A. Clark, and Prof. D'Arcy W. Thompson, represent- 
ative for Great Britain, and Mr. James M. Macoun, representative for Canada. The 
vessel reached Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, at 10 o'clock p. m., July 2, and after taking 
coal steamed, at 8.15 p. m., on July 6, for the Pribilof Islands, arriving at St. George 
on July 8 at 4 o'clock p. m. 

JULY 8. 

The members of both commissions immediately landed and visited North rookery, 
which is located near the village of St. George. This rookery, in the eastern part, 
lies on a narrow rocky beach at the foot of cliffs 50 to 75 feet in height, affording 
excellent opportunities for observation. Toward the western end the breeding grounds 
extend up the slope of the hill formed by the breaking down of the cliff 1 . 

A count of 23 harems made by Mr. Clark gave a total of 334 cows, an average of 
14 to each harem. The harems ranged from .">6 cows in the largest to 1 in the smallest. 
In another part of the rookery a count of 18 harems by Dr. Jordan gave a total of 218 
cows, an average of 12 to a harem. 

The harems were well defined and carefully guarded by the bulls, which were con- 
stantly moving about their outskirts rounding up the cows. Occasionally a bull would 
dash through a harem scattering and trampling the cows in his haste to seize one 
attempting to escape. The size of the harem seemed not to depend upon the strength 
of the bull, small bulls having in some cases large harems while large bulls had small 
ones. Location seemed to be a determining element. 

In the larger harems the bulls were more active than in the smaller ones, probably 
because more exertion was necessary. Bulls in neighboring harems were frequently 
seen to lunge at one another as if about to fight, but nothing came of it. The females* 

1 Where not otherwise stated these notes are the work of David S. Jordan and George A. Clark. 



for the most part, occupied their attention. The real fighting seen was among the 
unoccupied bulls, of which there were many holding positions back of the harems. A 
bull from a harem lower down the slope was seen to seize a cow and drag her down 
into his circle. 

An effort was made to count the pups in the 23 harems already referred to, but it 
was difficult in many cases to tell to what harem scattering pups belonged. In many 
cases they were grouped in pods, playing among themselves like puppy dogs. In 
harems where an absolute count was possible, slightly more than one half as many 
pups as cows were found. Including the pods, in certain cases they seemed to 
outnumber the cows. One outlying pod numbered 37. 

The birth of one pup was witnessed from a distance. The little fellow was soon 
able to move about and in a few minutes was nursing. The mother passed her nose 
over the pup several times, uttering a noise like that of a sheep, shaking her head, 
but did not lick or otherwise help it. The old bull sat near by looking on without 
showing any interest. A number of fresh placentas were to be seen lying about in 
various places, giving evidence of recent births. No pups were seen to nurse except 
the newly born one. No dead pups were seen. 

A considerable number of seals were constantly swimming to and fro in the water 
in front of the rookery. For the most part the animals seemed to be cows. 

Messrs. Townseud and Miller photographed the rookery for the American 
commission. Mr. Macoun also photographed the rookery. 

Dr. Jordan, Professor Thompson, and Colonel Murray remained overnight at the 
Government house, the others returning to the ship. 

JULY 9. 

Colonel Murray, Professor Thompson, and Treasury Agent Judge went early in 
the morning to Zapadui to witness the drive and killing there. Dr. Stejneger and 
Mr. Lucas spent the day in making a count of North rookery. Mr. Macoun remained 
with them and completed his photographs of that rookery. Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark 
counted the cows and harems on East, Little East, and Staraya Artel rookeries, and 
Messrs. Townsend and Miller photographed them. Mr. Marrett photographed them 
for Professor Thompson. Captain Moser and Mr. Parmeuter, from the Albatross, 
made hydrographic observations on North rookery. 


The water being rough at the village, it was necessary to land at the end of North 
rookery in the runway up which the bachelors haul. At the approach of the boat a 
few of the bachelors hastened into the water, but the main flock remained undisturbed 
on the hillside above. The harems, which extended up to the edge of the runway, 
were prevented from stampeding by the bulls in charge, and several idle bulls along 
the water's edge, at the point of landing, showed fight and would not be driven off. 

The count of North rookery was made by Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Lucas. A total 
of 1,413 cows in 78 harems were actually counted, and for 51 other harems bulls were 
counted and the cows estimated on the basis of the harems counted. The count and 
estimate give a total of 2,280 cows for the greater part of the rookery; but as the 
nature of the ground made it impossible to see all the cows, a correction seemed neces- 
sary, and, in the opinion of Mr. Lucas 3,000, and in that of Dr. Stejneger, 2,700 would 


be nearer the correct figure for this rookery. This would give for this rookery a total 
of from 159 to 177 harems aucl from 2,700 to 3,000 cows. 1 

On comparison, with Mr. Townseud's maps of last year, this rookery shows in 
several places a shrinkage. Compared with Mr. True's estimate of last year, the 
harems thus counted by us on North rookery show practically the same average. His 
total of 5,528 cows counted for 342 harems gives an average of about 18. The total 
of 1,413 cows for 78 harems gives an average of 18 also. (Lucas.) 

The pups are podding, i. e. gathering in little groups away from the harems. 
From their number, one would judge that no cow failed of impregnation last season 
through lack of virility on the part of the bulls. A harem counted last night contained 
43 cows; it contained the same number to-day and at least 40 pups. From their 
abundance it would seem that nearly all pups are born. 2 No dead pups are seen ; 1 
pup seen to nurse. (Lucas.) 

One small harem was located in the path frequented by the bachelors in reaching 
their hauling grounds. A number of idle bulls, and some half bulls, were holding- 
positions at the foot of the runway and others were hanging about the rear of the 
rookery; some were very bold. Many of the bulls were active and vicious. Om> 
charged 20 feet at an outlying idle bull. A bull lying at the top of the cliff, having a 
cow and pup, charged a considerable distance at Dr. Stejneger. Three bulls were 
observed to copulate; time, 6, 6, and 5 minutes, respectively. (Lucas.) 


Little East rookery is located on a surface strewn with blocks of bowlder lava. 
It lies back on a gradual slope formed by the breaking down of the cliffs, which 
everywhere, between the rookery and the village, rise perpendicular from the water. 

The following detailed count of harems and cows was made by Dr. Jordan : 

Detailed count of Little East rookery. 
























Total cows 355 

Total harems 27 

Average size of harem 13 -f- 

A duplicate count made by Mr. Clark gave substantially the same results. 

A group of 78 cows contained 2 bulls, and another of 60 cows contained 4 bulls. 
These could not be separated into harems. The bulls seemed to have reached some 
sort of an understanding and were holding the females in common. 

'The results of this count, when compared with that made on July 3t by Colonel Murray, in 
company with Mr. Lucas, which showed 225 harems, seems to give warrant for the belief afterwards 
arrived at, that the original counts on St. George were made before the rookeries had attained their 
maximum. The investigations of 1897, however, showed that the count late in July was still less 
reliable, the real status of the rookery lying somewhere between the two counts. 

-Later it was found that the pups exceeded the cows two to one; but at this time the current 
notion that all, or practically all, the cows were present was shared in by us. 


Fewer idle adult bulls were seen on this rookery than on North. Only two were 
noted, but there were from a dozen to fifteen young half bulls hanging about the rear 
of the harems. 

The females seem to be a finer and larger lot than those on North rookery. Fewer 
pups were seen. 

Passing by the hauling ground of Little East, from which the small group of 
holostiaki had stampeded into the water, a seal, either a cow or a bachelor, was seen 
lying in the shallow water, apparently in distress and unable to get on. It could not 
be reached for examination and nothing could be done. 1 


The bowlder-strewn sloping shore extends from the beginning of Little East 
rookery all the way down to East rookery, about a mile below Little East, and seems to 
indicate that the two may have formed at one time one great rookery. East rookery 
begins with a few scattered harems just beyond the point. Its greatest mass of 
harems lies back on a gradual slope at the angle of the perpendicular rocky cliff, 
which is here resumed and continues along the eastern side of the island. On the 
narrow beach at the foot of this cliff the harems extend for a considerable distance, 
gradually fading out. From the brow of the cliff, 100 to 150 feet high, there is a good 
opportunity for observing and counting the seals. 

The following detailed count of harems was made by Mr. Clark: 2 

Detailed count of East rookery. 






























































































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Total cows 1,584 

Total harems 142 

Average size of harem 11 

Dr. Jordan's count gave 128 harems and 1,682 cows. The average of these two 
counts gives 135 harems and 1,634 cows, which is very near to the population of this 

Eleven idle bulls were counted on East rookery. In addition to these were a 
number of bulls stationed along the water front, which were attempting to round up 
and form harems of passing cows. 

1 Later observations show that the animal was affected by a form of temporary paralysis due to 
fright. Several instancevS -were noted while making the counts of pups in October. The animals 
always quickly recovered. 

2 It was found in 1897, when this rookery was more closely inspected, that a section containing in 
this season about 100 cows was omitted from the count for 1896. The section lay in close proximity 
to a hauling ground, and it was assumed without close inspection that no breeding seals were there. 


A bull was seen to strike an escaping cow in the mouth ; she, however, got away 
from him and ran down into the water. In two cases cows coming iu from the water 
were seen to break away, after being held for a few moments by water bulls, and climb 
up the rocks to harems above, where they evidently belonged. They were probably 
cows which were returning from feeding. 

Many seals here, as on North rookery, were seen sporting in the water, the light- 
colored bottom making their movements very distinct. 

The hauling ground of this rookery now occupies a space of about two acres. The 
seal grass area behind would point to an area of fully 20 acres as once hauled over by 
the bachelors. A herd of 300 or 400 bachelors were lying on the hauling ground. 
Pups seem less numerous here thau at North rookery. 

Forty to 50 large sea lions lay sleeping on the rocks just out of the water. The 
seals lie about them and pass to and fro, apparently unnoticed by them and not 
noticing them. The sea lions look like great logs. When disturbed they roll into the 
water in a lumbering fashion, but soon haul out again. They are doubtless bachelors 
from the sea-lion rookery farther to the southeast on Tolstoi Point. 


Staraya Artel rookery lies to the west of North rookery and about 2 miles distant 
from the village. It occupies a limited shore line, rising into a rather steep slope by a 
succession of rocky shelves. The hillside breaks off into a perpendicular cliff on the 
western side and drops in a gradual slope down to a basin-like depression containing 
a small pond. On the rocky shelves of the beach the harems are well defined, but on 
the smooth slope above the seals are massed and the harems merge into one another 
without definite boundaries. 

This rookery is a very difficult one to count. The very large number of idle bulls 
which occupy the slope behind make it impossible to closely approach the harems. In 
order to make any count at all it was necessary for one person to keep off the bulls 
while the other did the work. Then many of the harems on the shelves could not be 
seen at all, while at a distance the massed portion of the slope could not be separated 
into harems. A combination of the partial counts made by Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark 
gave a total of 59 harems and 910 cows for this rookery. 

The number of idle bulls on Staraya Artel rookery was unusually large and they 
were very fierce. Forty-five were counted. They were spread out over a considerable 
area of ground and were constantly fighting among themselves. Most of the fighting 
witnessed amounted to nothing more than a bluff. Two bulls would run at one 
another, lunge forward nearly touching each other, and then return to their stations. 
The number of scarred and bleeding animals, however, showed evidence of a great 
deal of actual fighting. The wounds for the most part were upon the scalp, the breast, 
or at the angle of the fore flipper with the body, this latter seeming to be a favorite 
place of attack. 

One of the idle bulls, crowded too near the harems by our approach, made a break 
for the sea through the rookery. He was immediately attacked by the harem masters, 
escaping from the clutches of one only to be seized by another below. Sometimes two 
had him at once. He was passed along through the whole line of harems until finally 
he was thrown over the cliff into the sea at the foot of the slope. Great confusion 
was created in the harems by the fighting, but no general stampede occurred. Bach 
bull soon had his cows rounded up and forced into quiet. 


One dead pup partly eaten by the foxes was found on the path toward the 
village at some distance from the rookery. It may have been driven off by the foxes 
and killed, or dragged away after dying from some other cause, but the body was 

This rookery shows shrinkage more clearly than the other?. The whole area 
occupied by idle bulls has evidently been within recent times covered with breeding 
seals. 1 Beyond this area there is a region covered with seal grass which marks an 
earlier abandonment. The area of the rookery is about one-eighth to one-tenth its 
former extent. 

The same evidence of shrinkage is to be seen in the hauling ground which lies at 
the foot of the slope and back toward the little lake in the basin. There are 300 or 
400 bachelors asleep on the hauling ground. As they lie there stretched out they 
suggest the appearance of the killing ground before the village. The hauling ground, 
as now occupied, is but about one-tenth its former area. 2 

Professor Thompson, on his return from Zapadni, displayed a handful of 
buckshot which had been taken from the bodies of seals at the killing there. 

JULY 10. 

The day was unsuitable for photographing. Dr. Jordan, Professor Thompson, 
and Colonel Murray came on board and the Albatross steamed round to Zapadni with 
a view to landing and counting that rookery. It was not possible to land and the 
ship anchored to await the following morning, it being desirable that this rookery 
should bo counted and photographed, if possible, before leaving for St. Paul Island. 

JULY 11. 

A landing was made at Zapadni in the morning and the rookery counted. At 
noon the photographs were taken. In the afternoon the Albatross, with all on board, 
steamed for St. Paul, arriving at 6 o'clock in the evening. 


Zapadni rookery lies on the western shore of the island, 5 miles distant from the 
village. It occupies a long sloping hill which breaks off into a cliff' on its seaward 
edge. It resembles in this respect Staraya Artel rookery. The harems were massed 
upon the side of the hill, on the bench-like plateau at its foot, and on the shingle of 
the beach beyond the slope. In the latter place they lie in two detached groups. 

The present area of the rookery seems to be roughly about one-tenth what it once 
was. Compared with Mr. Townsend's maps of last year, all three sections of the 
breeding ground show decrease, the southernmost end showing the most. The north 
and middle sections do not now come above the upper limit of the beach. The 
decrease of this rookery is even more marked than that of Staraya Artel. 

'Later observations showed that this area was regularly occupied by the cows and pups as they 
hauled back after the breeding season. 

"It was found later in the season that the bachelors shifted much upon the hauling grounds, and 
so the abandonment in territory can not be taken as a direct measure of the reduction of the bachelor 
herd, as a few seals can denude a considerable area of ground in a short time if they move about- 
over it. 


The southern part of the rookery was divided into three parts. The bench itself 
was counted by Mr. Macoun and Dr. Stejneger. Twenty-five bulls with harems and 
500 cows were found. The slope was counted by Dr. Stejneger, and contained 10 
harems, 160 cows. The beach below could only be estimated, and was placed by 
Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Macoun at 40 harems, 600 cows. Messrs. Macouu and 
Townsend counted the middle part, finding 36 harems and 450 cows. The northern 
portion was counted by Dr. Jordan, Professor Thompson, and Colonel Murray, their 
counts being respectively 298, 312, and 263 cows. Mr. Townseud counted 29 harems; 
Professor Thompson 32. 

For the whole rookery, combining these results, there were found to be 143 
harems, 2,006 cows, an average of slightly over 13 per harem. A record of individual 
harems was not kept on this rookery. The count was necessarily imperfect and 

The number of idle bulls on Zapadni was unusually large. Between 150 and 175 
were counted, the greater part being behind on the slope of the hill, and apparently 
indicating a greater falling off in the southern portion. The idle bulls here, as on 
Staraya Artel, were very bold and quarrelsome. They could scarcely be made to 
move. One fellow held his position, and even charged up the hill at us, though 
repeatedly struck with stones. While the photographing was in progress a bull 
charged at the camera, which had to be abandoned and was rescued with difficulty. 
On this rookery, as on Staraya Artel, there are apparently twice as many bulls as 
needed. It would be well if half of them were shot. 

Among the outlying bulls was seen one of the largest and best looking on the 
rookery. The success of a bull in securing a harem evidently depends more upon 
favorableness of location than upon fighting qualities. Bulls near the water 
have the best chance. The incoming cows are taken by them or absorbed by other 
harems before they reach the rear where the idle bulls are. If the idle bulls get cows 
they must steal them. 

Many attempts to steal cows were witnessed. None seemed to meet with success, 
so far as the idle bulls were concerned, though one instance was noted where a bull 
in a harem lower down the beach stole a cow from the harem above and transferred 
her to his own. 

Every commotion among the seals is the signal for numerous fights. The bulls 
usually roar and blow out their breath in a threatening manner before biting. They 
have a wholesome dread of each other's teeth. 

Two half-bulls, each alone, were seen on the top of the hill at a considerable 
distance from the rest, probably driven off. Occasionally a half-bull attempts to break 
through the harems. But woe to the one attempting it. The harem masters make 
common cause against him, and he is lucky if he gets away to the sea with his life. 

Many of the bulls on Zapadni show scars, evidence of fights they have been in. 
One pretty cow was seen with a badly bitten shoulder. One unlucky bull lay near 
by with several bad cuts. A bull with a single cow seized and shook her, making a 
cut in her neck apparently 6 inches long. 

One female pup, an estray, very feeble, was found on the crest of the hill above 
the rookery. Many bones of pups lay just inland of the northern section of the 
rookery. Pups were numerous and podding. One dead pup lay at a distance from 
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any harem, probably drowned and washed up; it was gnawed by the foxes. One 
dead and one living pup were found in another spot at a distance from the rookery, 
probably carried away by the bachelors. 

The yearling bachelors are to be seen in little pods of half a dozen or so. They 
appear to be as much afraid of the idle bulls that fringe their hauling ground as of 
men. All the bachelors, large or small, are timorous and flee from man, as well as 
from the bulls. Where the bachelor yearlings are at a distance from interference 
they play among themselves like little dogs, rolling about and biting each other, 
squealing when bitten. They compare with dogs of the same age much as Aleuts do 
with white children. There is not much intelligence, flexibility, or savoir-faire about 
them. In like manner the big, senseless, howling bulls compare to great, lusty boys. 
Similar comparisons might be made for the 2-year olds, which are bigger than the 
yearlings nearly as large as the cows. Cows are females of 3 years or more 
Half-bulls are males of 4 or 5 years. 

In our efforts to count the harems it frequently happens that a herd of bachelors 
will be startled, but on crouching down they soon become quiet. They seem not to 
have good eyesight, but their sense of smell is more acute, 1 and if you are on the 
windward side they become excited at much longer range, and when startled seldom 
stop until they reach the sea, if the way is clear. They behave much as a flock of 
sheep would. Sometimes they watch you with curious, but ineffective intelligence, 
behaving like squirrels. One good-natured, sleepy bull was disturbed by the 
commotion and awakened yawning and bleating in a high-pitched tone like that 
of a cow. 

One case of copulation was seen. 

Yellowish excrement, apparently voided by bachelors, was seen on Zapadni 
rookery in two places outside the harems. 


We may here summarize the results of the foregoing counts on the rookeries of 
St. George as follows : 





2 850 

Little East .. 









Starava Artel 






a An average of the estimates of Dr. Stejneger and of Mr. Lucas, the former estimating 159 harems and 2,700 cows; 
the latter 3,000 cows, which would increase the harems to 177. 

JULY 12. 

Landing was made at St. Paul Island during the morning, Colonel Murray taking 
up quarters at the Government House, the others at the company's house. In the 
afternoon Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark made a partial count of Kitovi rookery. 

1 Subsequent observations lead us to doubt the reported superiority of the sense of smell in the 
seal. It is probable that from the windward side the sense of hearing and of smell both are 

-These figures were considerably altered after completing the census in St. Paul. 




This rookery lies on the eastern side of the island about half a mile from the 
village. It begins with a few scattered hareius along the bowlder beach of Kitovi 
Bay, widening out at the point where the seals lie on the broken lava columns. The 
space to the northward is very irregular, with numerous cross ridges. At the northern 
end it spreads out into a broad amphitheater-like slope. A sharp ridge of rocks 
forming the angle of Lukanin Hill separates it from that rookery. The two rookeries 
are really one large breeding ground. 

The hasty count made showed 174 harems with 2,510 cows. A more accurate 
count will be made later. 

JULY 13. 

Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Lucas spent the day in making a count of Kitovi rookery. 
Colonel Murray counted breeding bulls on this and Lukanin rookery. Mr. Towusend 
and Mr. Miller photographed Kitovi, Lukauin, and Gorbatch, Mr. Townsend making 
a count of the cows on that part of the Beef commonly known as the " slide." Dr. 
Jordan and Mr. Macoun counted the cows on Lagoon rookery from a boat. In the 
afternoon Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Gorbatch. 

The weather was characterized by moderate westerly winds. The sky was cloudy, 
with light rain and fog at intervals in the afternoon. Temperature, 42; barometer, 


This rookery occupies the middle portion of the rocky spit which projects from the 
cliffs of Tolstoi Point and shuts off the entrance to the salt lagoon except for a narrow 
channel. The waterworn bowlders are piled up in a ridge, probably in large part by 
the action of the ice. On the seaward slope of this ridge most of the harems are 
located. A few lie on the flat behind, at the top. 

The following is the detailed count of Lagoon rookery by harems : 

Count of Lagoon rookery. 
























































































































Total cows 1, 474 

Total harems 120 

Average size of harems 12. 3 

There were very few idle bulls on this rookery, and as a result but little fighting. 
A small pod of bachelors are hauled out on the lagoon side of the ridge. They either 
come around through the narrow channel or else cross over at the foot of the cliff, where 
the harems fade out. The rookery is not accessible for driving and no seals are taken 
from it. 


The cows are almost as cowardly as the yearling bachelors. They run away from 
their pups without scruple unless prevented by the bulls. They also show a disposi- 
tion to bite and maltreat strange pups that come within their reach. They show no 
fondness for nor care of their young. No dead pups were seen on this rookery. 

A bull was seen to take a cow by the hind flippers and carry her a considerable 
distance. She was afterwards rescued by the bull in the harem to which she belonged. 


A visit was paid in the afternoon to Gorbatch rookery by Dr. Jordan and Mr. 
Clark, but no attempt at a count was made. 

The rookery lies along the southeast side of the bay of Zoltoi. Beginning a short 
distance beyond Zoltoi sands, the harems are situated on the bowlder beach at the foot 
of cliffs which rise to the height of 20 or 30 feet, topped by grass-grown sand dunes. 
This cliff breaks down later on in along rocky slope, which shades into a slope of lava 
rocks in place, and again into a long cinder slope which rises to the plateau of the 
parade grounds above. On the westward side this cinder slope is abruptly terminated 
in perpendicular cliffs. The harems are scattered about among the rocks and massed 
along the foot of the cinder slope. 

Among the sand dunes at the top of the cliff and all along the cinder slope to its 
top were many idle bulls. By using care and stones it was possible to make a way 
through these bulls, and thus get a view of the harems as they lay massed at the foot 
of the slope. 

One or two bulls with single cows were just in the rear of the regular harems. 
These were evidently idle bulls that had stolen cows. The idle bulls were mostly 
asleep. When disturbed they lunged at one another as though to take revenge for 
being disturbed. 

An idle bull was seen to seize a pup and carry it several yards up the slope. The 
master of the harem to which it belonged started after him and made him drop it. 
The pup walked about in a bewildered sort of a way, but would probably get back to 
the harem. Six dead pups were seen scattered along the slope well up among the 
idle bulls. They had probably been carried away by the bulls or crushed in their 
struggles while straying among them. 1 One lone pup was seen to wander up the hill 
in the wake of a flock of bachelors. The cows pay no attention to the pups, but let 
them stray where they please. 

It is more and more evident that the seals have little fear of man when he is not 
in motion or is moving in a stooped position. When you lie down they can not tell 
you from the rocks. When you stand up against the sky line and move about they 
are confused and afraid. 


On Ardiguen one unlucky yearling male is seen to invade a harem and get routed 
out by the hoarse and furious old bull. The young bachelors seem to be a little 
slimmer than the cows of the same size, but it is hard to distinguish them. Even the 
cows strike at the young bull. "One doesn't know boys," they seem to say. The 

'Later observations seem to point to the fact that these were pups, sick from Uncinaria, Avhieh 
had crawled out of the harems to die. 


yearling is afraid to go off alone, though every bull he comes near chases him and 
bellows at him. It may be that the young male was born in this rookery and instinct 
brings him back to the spot. He is fast learning that it is a place where he is not 

A big, greenish-backed female in the harem in the head of Ardigueu tries to run 
away, but the bull seizes her by the neck and beats her nose against the rock till it 
bleeds. He dragged her back into the harem by main force. She bites him in the 
neck, but has to submit. Sex equality is not the rule here. She remonstrates and 
the bull scolds. The cows and bulls seem to converse mouth to mouth. 

The breeding ground 1 on which the above observations were made consists of a 
small group of isolated harems, 27 in all, this season, containing 652 cows, as counted 
by Mr. Townsend on July 13, which lie in a particularly favorable location for 
observation. The harems are scattered along the rocky beach for a distance of 
several hundred yards. Xear the southern extremity a gully leads up and back to the 
level of the hauling ground of Reef rookery. In the gully itself and on the flat 
about its mouth are a number of harems. At the side of the gully toward Gorbatch 
the cliff rises to a considerable height and overhangs these harems, affording a view 
at close range without disturbing the animals. 

Pups and cows seem to be present on this rookery in equal numbers. The pups 
are podding back from the harems in the massed portion of the slope. 

On the level above the slope lies a bull which has been dead for some time. He is 
too far decomposed to permit of examination as to the cause of death. 


A few half bulls and bachelors are on the level parade ground above the cinder 
slope. In early times the space used to be covered with them crossing over and back 
between the Beef and Gorbatch. They are seldom seen to cross now. 

Whole harems of seals are to be seen stretched out sleeping. Some lie on their 
backs with their flippers folded up. Others lie on their bellies with their flippers 
folded under them. Still others with their flippers stretched out on either side and 
behind. They have as many attitudes as a dog on a hot day. Occasionally a cow or 
a bull is to be seen asleep, sitting up with head thrown back and nose in the air. 
Others hang limply over rocks, with heads hanging down. 

The idle bulls are a fine lot. The younger bulls are grizzled on the back of the 
neck. In another stage they are black with brownish edgings. The oldest bulls 
show the brownish mane, or even the whole body a buffalo color. Occasionally one 
has a shade of warm yellow. 

The cows are all shades of dove color, mouse color, dark brown, silvery gray, and 
warm brown. There is much less variation in size among them than among the bulls. 


Beginning at photographic station 12, at the boundary line between Lukanin and 
Kitovi rookery, Mr. Lucas and myself spent the day in counting the cows by 
harems around to Kitovi Point. Beyond the point it was found impracticable to 

'From the frequency of our subsequent observations ou this territory a separate name was 
afterwards ^iven to it Ardi<jueu, the Aleut name for "a pile of stones." This name is here used in 
substitution for the local name the "Slide." 



count the cows, and tbe 14 harems in this space were estimated on the basis of the 
harems in which the cows were counted, giving a total of 243 cows. One hundred 
and sixty-eight harems were found by actual count to have 2,909 cows. The total of 
the rookery would therefore be 182 harems with 3,152 cows. Following is the detailed 
count by harems: 

The actual count on Kitori rookery. 









































































































































































Total cows (counted) ' 2, 909 

Total harems 168 

Average size of harems 17.3 

In the rear of the rookery 53 old bulls without harems were counted. There were 
in addition 30 males which might be classed as half bulls, mostly 5-year-olds. 

Two dead pups were observed; one on a flat rock near the water and some 
distance from any harem. It was wet, and had probably been drowned. The other 
was lying among the cows of a very large harem (60 cows), and, judging from the 
treatment another newly born pup received from these cows, it seems probable that 
the dead one was killed by them. The newly born pup was roughly shaken by 2 cows. 
At one time the cows had the little thing above the ground, each holding an end, and 
both trying to pull it to pieces. It afterwards got away and toddled off'. No dead 
pups were observed on the bluffs or slopes behind the rookery. 

The rookery seems to be at its fullest seasonal capacity. Nearly all the cows have 
pups. Two were seen with placenta attached, showing recent birth. The mother of 
one of these made an effort to bite off the umbilical cord. Some wet cows were seen, 
and some were going into the water. Young bulls were trying to intercept these, and 
pursued them a short distance in water. Some cows were noticed teasing bulls. Two 
bulls were seen to copulate. One young bull (5 years?) held a single cow on a path 
at some distance above the rookery. It is apparent that were old bulls lacking there 
are plenty of young bulls ready to take their places. 

One young bull was seen with patch of skin 4 by 6 or 8 inches torn off the flank. 
In front of the isolated rock pile photo station 14 were many bones of pups and a 
number of dried bodies. 

Fighting was very common in the rookery, some old bulls being very vicious. 
One old bull with a single cow had his jaw injured so that left canine projected 
forward. Another bull also with a single cow had an injured jaw. 

Compared with Mr. True's count on July 8-10, 1895, it appears that there are 
to-day 512 more cows on this rookery, and 28 more harems, while the number of cows 

1 To this must be added the 14 estimated harems, bringing the total up to 3,152 cows, and 182 


per harem averages nearly the same (a little over 17). It is probable that this does 
not necessarily indicate an increase in the number of cows. Mr. Townsend states in 
the report of 1895 (pp. 30, 34) that the usual number of seals had not appeared at the 
customary time of commencing the photographic work about July 10, the date at 
which the count was made and that " a correction is to be applied for a moderate 
number of females not on the rookeries at the time." I was myself present early 
in June, 1895, and the season was backward 1 and the females later than usual in 
arriving. On June 25 I found scarcely 3 females to every bull that had landed. 
That the conditions were different at the time Mr. True made his count is also evident 
from the fact that he "found the percentage of young to be 62 on July 9," while to-day 
it is 90 to 100. 

JULY 14. 

Dr. Jordan, Dr. Stejneger, and Mr. Lucas counted the Zapadni rookeries and 
Tolstoi, going over in the whaleboat of the Albatross. Professor Thompson and Mr. 
Macoun photographed the rookeries, as did also Mr. Townsend. Colonel Murray 
counted harems on Eeef and Gorbatch. 

The weather was fair; the sky overcast with light clouds and haze in the morning; 
gentle westerly breezes; some fog in the afternoon when the wind shifted to the 
north; temperature, 43; barometer, 30. 


There are three distinct patches of rookery ground which go under the name 
Zapadni. Usually two divisions are all that are noted, Lower and Upper Zapadui, 
the latter including the two patches that extend along the shore of English Bay. It 
seems best that each section of this great breeding ground have a separate name, and 
accordingly we have called the larger section Zapadni, the section immediately to the 
south of Southwest Bay, Little Zapadni, and the lower portion Zapadni Reef. 

Zapadni is by far the largest of the three sections. Beginning where the cliff's 
break down just below Zapadni Head, it extends along the convex shore to the sands 
of Southwest Bay. Back of the usual abrupt shingle beach the breeding ground 
extends up a very gradual slope, broken by many rocky ridges with intervening 
gullies, and occasional basin-like tiat sandy areas. 

On account of the great irregularity and width of the area occupied by the seals 
it was difficult to make a count of this rookery. The count was made from the water, 
in the whaleboat, by Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Lucas, assisted by Dr. Jordan. 
Afterwards an attempt was made to verify the figures from the rear of the rookery on 
land, but it was found impossible to do anything on account of the broken ground and 
the presence of many idle bulls. The figures for this rookery are necessarily therefore 
only approximate. Only harems were counted, no count of the cows being possible. 

The total number of harems counted iu Zapadni rookery was 583. The rookery 
ground nearly enough resembles that of Kitovi to make the average size of harem for 
the latter rookery applicable here. This would give to Zapadni of St. Paul a total of 
10,085 breeding cows. 

'The ice hung about the islands till late May. Passes had to be cut for the seals to haul through. 


Many idle bulls were seen along the water front, and the slope back of the harems 
was full of them. A complete count of these bulls was not attempted. Fifty were 
noted in a single gully. In another gully 43 were counted. The number on the whole 
seemed nearly equal to the number of occupied bulls. The bulls were very active 
and savage. Some were seen lighting in the water. A bull was seen standing with 
his weight on one flipper across an opening between two rocks. He must have hml 
astonishing strength in his carpal bones. 

Many straggling bulls with small harems of one and two cows lie inland at the 
back of the rookery. These must be stolen cows. Fresh arriving cows are taken into 
the harems near the water. One wet cow was seen in one of the water-front harerns. 
She had probably just landed. 

A bull was seen to steal a cow and carry her back at least 15 yards, fighting off 
the owner of the cow and another bull. Another bull was seen to seize a cow in a 
similar manner and carry her back to the harem from which she was trying to escape. 
Still another cow was seen to be carried a distance of 20 yards. Her pup was left 
behind. The harem from which she was taken originally contained two cows. While 
the bull was fighting to regain possession of the stolen cow, another bull attempted to 
steal the remaining one. The second attempt was unsuccessful, and the bull would 
probably have regained the first cow if he could have carried on the two battles at 

The cows and bulls seem to be very active to day. 

Numerous pieces of excrement were seen at the back of the rookery on ground 
occupied by idle and half bulls. 

The pups were numerous. Five dead ones were counted probably trampled to 
death. Pups are less liable to be trampled upon on the rocks than on the sand. The 
seals seem to get around more surely on the rocks than on flat areas, or rather they 
probably go more slowly and exercise greater care. 

The bachelors haul out in a runway near the middle of the rookery, and small 
bands were seen in the rear of the rookery. The great hauling ground for this rookery 
is, however, at the angle of Southwest Bay sand beach. Here there was a large pod 
of bachelors. 


A sand beach of about 300 yards in length separates Zapadni proper from the 
next section of breeding ground known as Little Zapadni. It resembles, in form and 
character of surface, Zapadni itself, but the slope is a little more steep, and there are 
no gullies or sand flats. The whole slope is thickly set with angular bowlders. 

This rookery could only be counted from the boat, but the opportunities for seeing 
the whole ground were good. The total number of harerns counted was 210, containing 
2,400 cows. The seals are not so thick here as on Zapadni, and the harems are smaller. 
The conditions more nearly correspond to those on the Lagoon. 

The hauling ground of Little Zapadni is at the angle where the bluff slope of 
this rookery joins the reef or rocky spit on which the final section of rookery ground 
on the north shore of English Bay is located. 


This section, called Zapadui Beef, is just like the Lagoon in its formation. A 
rocky spit cuts off what was once a lagoon, now dried up. The harems are strung 



along this reef in seven patches of varying sizes with vacant intervening spaces. 
There were last year two additional patches forming the extremities of this breeding 
ground. These have disappeared, showing a positive shrinkage. The total number 
of harems was 17G, with 2,256 cows. The count here was very accurate, as the entire 
width of the rookery was visible from the water. 
Following is the detailed count by harems: 

Count of Zapadai Eeef. 

3 5 



1 9 






6 2 



9 5 



34 43 






16 2 



14 24 



13 1 






2 16 



69(5) 5 



2 5 






6 11 



2 18 



1 43 






9 7 



17 15 



2 17 






22 4 



2 1 



18 15 






32 30 



18 40 



1 1 






6 9 



7 7 



3 1 






14 8 



49 10 



15 17 






54(6) 9 



20 27 



23 3 






12 3 



7 17 




Total cows 2,256 

Total harems 176 

Average size of harem 12. 8 

At the terminus of Zapadni Reef is a large hauling ground for this and probably 
for the greater part of the bachelors from Little Zapadni, known as English Bay. At 
the foot of English Bay and about midway between Zapadni Reef and Tolstoi, is the 
hauling ground on the sandy slope of Middle Hill. The seals cross the sands of 
English Bay and climb up, lying among the bowlders near the summit of the hill. 
This is probably a hauling ground frequented by bachelors from all the rookeries 
about English Bay. 


In the afternoon Tolstoi rookery was counted. This rookery lies in three well- 
defined areas. Beginning at the angle of the shingle beach with the sands of English 
Bay a great wedge-shaped mass of seals occupies a sand flat extending back to the 
edge of a rocky slope and running for a considerable distance parallel with the shore. 
Rising from the rear of this is a steep slope of great extent covered with large angular 
bowlders. Above and back of this slope is the great hauling ground of the rookery, 
to reach which the bachelors have to haul out on the English Bay sand beach and 
pass around the end, coming in at the rear. This slope is bounded to the westward by 
a steep ridge which comes down to the water's edge, and beyond which the harems lie 
along the shingle beach at the foot of the perpendicular cliffs. 

On the sand tint of Tolstoi the seals are more closely massed than on any other 
rookery seen ; they swarm like bees. The bulls among them are rampant and savage, 
continually fighting. No doubt many pups are crushed on this space. 

On account of the massed condition of the seals on the lower part of Tolstoi only 
the harems could be counted. This was done from the whaleboat, and the number on 
the sand flat and the area of rocky slope behind it was found to be 389. Applying to 
this the average harem of Kitovi, which is low for this rookery, we have G,729 cows. 



Under the cliffs in the part of the rookery near Tolstoi Head the cows and 
harems were counted from the boat and afterwards more accurately from the cliff 
above. There was found a total of 108 harems, with 1,498 cows, an average of 13.8. 
This sort of rookery ground corresponds to that on Little Zapadni, Lagoon, and 
Zapadni Keef, and the average harem runs about the same size. Following is a 
detailed count by harems made by Mr. Lucas from the bluff behind: 

The count of the cliff portion of Tolstoi. 













































































































Total cows 1, 498 

Total harems 108 

Average size of harems 13. 8 

There is a great excess of idle bulls on the main part of Tolstoi rookery, the 
rookery itself having diminished. Mr. Townseud has very appropriately said: " Our 
rookeries are crowded with surplus male seals, useless for any purpose except to make 
sole leather." There were only 19 idle bulls on the section at the foot of the cliffs, but 
there was hardly room for more. Behind the main part of the rookery were many 
savage idle bulls. They prevented us from reaching the crosses painted up last year, 
none of which are reached by the seal masses this year. 

The thinning out of this rookery since last year is evident, whether compared with 
maps or photographs, and the greatest reduction is shown at the northern end toward 
the sand beach. 

About 100 bachelors were hauled up in the rear of the rookery; another hundred 
were hauled up on Middle Hill, and a third lay between the hill and the water. 

The sand flat is literally black with pups. The pups are also thick on the side 
of the cliff. It is surprising up what cliffs the seals will climb to reach coveted 
places. They are to be found located on apparently inaccessible shelves far up the 
cliff. The females on the sandy area are as densely massed as they can be. The bulls 
can be counted, but not the cows. The bulls are quarrelsome, stepping on the pups 
and plunging about through the harems on the slope of the hill more recklessly than 
on any other rookery. Two dead pups were seen. 

Where a rookery can be more or less definitely extended inland, or up a hillside, 
there is room for idle bulls to accumulate about the rear. Where the rookery is 
hemmed in by a cliff and is incapable of extension there are few idle bulls, as all 
cows are appropriated by the two or three lines of bulls between the cliff and the 
water. (Lucas.) 

A young bull was seen to dodge and fight his way past three harems, whose bulls 
pitched into him. He was bitten on shoulder and hip, but succeeded in reaching an 
elevated position in the rear of the harems. 




Mr. Clark visited Ardiguen rookery and mapped out certain harems for special 
observation, making the following notes: 

The seven harems so designated are known in order as A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. The first three 
are located on the level ground at the mouth of the gully. The others follow in order below. 

A contains an active bull, not very old, with 7 cows. One is a large gray cow with a greenish 
tint in her coat, due probably to sea water. The bull is now talking reassuringly to the cows who 
were alarmed when first approached. He has a severe wound at the angle of his left fore flipper with 
the body. There are 4 pups in harem A. A pod of 16 pups are playing on the rocks between A 
and B. There are 3 more on the rocks above A. 

B is a larger harem. It contains 24 sleepy cows. There are 9 pups in the harem, 3 below and 24 
playing between this harem and C. The bull in B is larger and browner than the one in A. 

C is a big harem on the flat rocks. The big black bull is very uneasy about a young 2-year-old 
bachelor whom A and B drove into his circle at the time of our first visit to this spot, on the 13th, and 
which is apparently hanging about. 

Every time the big bull gets his eyes on the bachelor he dashes after him, but his attention is 
soon taken up with one or another of his many cows and the young fellow settles down in a dint-rent 
place in the harem. It is extremely difficult for me to pick him out among the cows, but the bull has 
no such difficulty. The cows snap listlessly at him and he is in a restless state most of the time, but 
seems unwilling to get away. 

There are 42 cows in harem C, with perhaps another cow hidden. The bull has been taking a 
nap; he wakes with a roar and the little bachelor crawls over the cows, who snap at him. When the 
bull is quiet, the bachelor is also. The 2-year-old crawls into the upper part of harem D and the cows 
all bite at him till he perches on a flat rock alone out of their reach. 

There are about 25 pups asleep in C. Some are nursing. D contains a big brown bull with a 
long mane; 30 cows are with him and about 25 pups are scattered among them. Thirty-four pups 
form a pod between D and F, next to E. 

E has 10 cows and is a younger bull of domineering disposition. Nine pups are asleep, nursing 
or scratching their ears, in E. 

F contains a big bull with 4 cows, nearly out of sight, as is also G opposite him with 16 cows. 
Four pups are about F and 20 about G, also 1 lone cow in the rocks asleep. A cow tries to leave G and 
go to sea; the bull seizes and carries her back bodily. 

Summary of the typical harems on Ardiguen. 





























Some of the pups 1 must have come up from the rocks below. 

JULY 15. 

Dr. Jordan, Dr. Stejneger, Professor Thompson, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Clark, and 
Captain Moser and Mr. Parmenter, of the Albatross, accompanied Treasury Agent 
Crowley on the drive from the Reef. During the forenoon Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark 

'When the count of live pups came to be made later on, it was found that the disproportion 
between cows and pups was due to the absence of the former at sea. 


visited Ardiguen. Mr. Townsend photographed Polovina rookeries and Colonel 
Murray counted harems. Mr. Townsend made a count of the cows under Polovina 
cliffs. Dr. Jordan visited Lukanin in the afternoon. 


We left the village at 2 o'clock in the morning. It was then light enough to 
make one's way without difficulty. After a few minutes' walk we reached Zoltoi 
sands, a beach about one-fourth of a mile from the village, at the angle of which the 
bachelors from Gorbatch rookery haul out to reach the rocky slope above. The 
drivers ran in quickly between the seals and the sea and soon had the animals 
rounded up in a large pod. From a similar hauling ground on the shore just across 
the neck of the peninsula another pod was in like manner rounded up. The two pods 
combined were left in charge of three men to be driven across the sands to the village 
killing ground, a few hundred yards beyond. 

We then proceeded to the extreme point of the Reef peninsula. The hauling 
ground of Reef rookery lies in the rear of the breeding ground and has four well- 
marked runways connecting it with the sea, on which no harems are located. A line 
of idle bulls keeps clear a considerable space between the hauling ground and the 
rookery. From the head of the various runways and in the intervening space pods 
of sleeping bachelors were rounded up, the Aleuts passing between the idle bulls and 
the bachelors and turning the latter up the bank to the flat parade ground back of 
the hauling ground. Here the pods were all united in one large group and the drive 
started on its way. It was 3 o'clock when we reached the point and by 3.30 the 
drive was in motion. 

After passing over a short space of ground, scattered at wide intervals with 
irregular bowlders and having a gentle slope, the drive came into the level grassy 
plain of the parade ground. Here the herd, which numbered about 1,500 bachelors, 
was separated into two parts for greater ease and safety in driving. While one pod 
was allowed to rest the other was driven slowly forward in the direction of the village. 
Three men were now assigned to each pod and the rest of the drivers allowed to 
return to the village to make ready for the killing. We followed the first herd. 

Over the green turf of the parade ground the drive moved along quietly and 
without difficulty. The drivers took their positions one on each flank to repress 
any lateral movements and the third brought up the rear. There was no noise or 
confusion. In general the seals were allowed to take their own time and go at their 
own pace. Those in the advance acted as leaders and the rest of the flock followed 
naturally after them. At the beginning the seals showed some reluctance in leaving 
their hauling grounds and made ineffectual attempts to break away. But after the 
drive got under way they moved forward apparently as a matter of course. When 
the leaders showed an inclination to take a wrong course the men on the flank simply 
stood up and raised a hand, which was sufficient to turn them back into the way. 
For the most part the men kept out of sight of the seals. 

The seals on the drive do not keep up a continuous motion. They take ten or a 
do/en steps and then sit down like dogs to rest and pant, resuming their way when 
they find that their companions have gone on. The leaders set the example, and 
as they are rested by the time the rear members of the herd have come to a stand- 
still, they move on and are ready to stop by the time the rear guard have started. 


The result is that some part of the herd is moving all the time and the progression 
is continuous. 

There is a tendency on the part of the young seals to go faster than the older 
ones, of which a large number were included. By a gradual shifting process the old 
fellows fell to the rear and on several occasions pods of from a dozen to twenty were 
cut off' and allowed to return to the sea. 

All the seals, and especially the larger ones, showed signs of fatigue. They 
appeared to be hot and excited, and a cloud of steam rose constantly from the moving 
animals. This steam had a strong musky smell. When the herd stopped, individual 
seals would often sprawl out on the ground, raising their hind flippers and waving 
them fan-like evidently in an effort to cool off. After resting a moment the seals 
were ready to move on, apparently refreshed. Continuous exertion is evidently hard 
on them, but they quickly recover from exhaustion. As soon as the flock comes to 
rest after a few moments' breathing they begin to bite one another and push in an 
unconcerned fashion until they are reminded by the absence of their companions that 
they must keep moving. 

The seals were not urged forward, but were allowed to take their own time. 
When the herd was brought to rest for a few minutes, the rear man started them on 
by clapping his hands or by rattling a stick on a rock. Our presence evidently urged 
the seals and made the drive really harder than it would ordinarily have been. The 
Aleuts seem to have a way of handling the seals that they understand. 

A short distance brought us to the end of the grassy plain and into an area of 
ground filled with embedded bowlders. These were for the most part flat and worn 
smooth. It looked like hard ground for the seals, but in reality they seem to get over 
it better than the flat ground. On the flat there was constant crowding, while here 
the rocks kept the seals apart. Besides the animals are more familiar with the rocky 
ground, their breeding rookeries, with few exceptions, being on the rocky beaches. 

After passing over a slight ridge where the passageway became narrowed by 
projecting cliffs and Avhere there was a good deal of crowding and scrambling, the 
drive left the bowlder-strewn path and passed into a valley overgrown with tall 
Elymus grass and lying between rows of sand dunes, also grass grown. The seals 
seemed to be refreshed by the moisture of the grass, which was wet with dew and rain. 

This grassy plain led into the top of the bowlder-set slope above Zoltoi sands, 
from which the earlier seals were driven. The seals passed down this slope without 
difficulty and came into the level sand flat. Here the first really hard work of the 
drive began. The seals seemed to find their greatest difficulty in walking on the 
yielding sand. Their flippers take hold of the rocks like rubber, but slip back in 
the sand. No rocks prevented the animals from crowding. They stepped on each 
other's flippers, became much excited, and seemed generally worried. 

But in a few minutes the sands were passed and the herd emerged into the grass- 
grown killing ground. As soon as the seals came to a standstill, they seemed to 
forget their troubles immediately. They began biting, snarling, and blowing at one 
another as though nothing had happened. They were at once turned into the little 
lake beside the killing ground to cool off and were then herded up on the bank to 
rest before their turn came to be killed. 

It was five minutes after 5 when the first herd reached the killing ground. The 
second arrived three-quarters of an hour afterwards, having taken more time on the 



Killing was already begun when we reached the ground. The Zoltoi seals, which 
had come in about 3 o'clock, having rested in the meantime, were killed first. 

The larger pods of seals were in turn separated into smaller ones containing from 
20 to 50 each. These were driven up one after another and the killable ones culled 
out by clubbing them on the head. Those too small or too large to kill were allowed 
to escape and were driven into the water. Some of tbese, released on the eastern side 
of the peninsula early in the killing, had already made the circuit of the Reef and 
were again hauled out on Zoltoi in time to be included in the second herd driven in. 

The blow with the club on the head renders the seal instantly unconscious, and 
before the animal recovers it is bled by being stuck to the heart. The skin is at once 
taken off and thrown upon the grass to cool, the carcasses being left to rot on 
the field. The killing is under the immediate direction of the agent of the company 
and the native chief and in the presence of the Treasury agent. By a judicious 
division of the labor the various processes connected with the killing and skinning of 
the seals go on at once, and in a few minutes after the last seal is clubbed the skinning 
is completed. 

The total number driven this morning was 1,919, of which number 1,070 were 
rejected and 849 killed. Of the rejected seals 522 were too small and 548 too large 
to furnish skins of the requisite grade. 

From what has been said of the carcass- strewn roadways of the drives and the 
terrible effects of over-exertion on the seals, we were prepared to see greater 
evidence of exhaustion and to see the animals drop by the wayside to be killed and 
skinned there. Not a seal died by the way, and in half an hour the herd had 
apparently entirely recovered from the effects of the drive. 

The morning, however, was favorable for driving, the fog continuing and shutting 
out the sun. It is when the sun shines or the morning proves close and warm that 
the seals suffer. The sun seldom appears during June and July (the average for these 
months being less than a full day of sunshine in ten years), when the driving is done, 
and little difficulty is experienced. 


On passing Zoltoi Sands on our way to the Reef at 11 o'clock, about 300 bachelor 
seals, yearlings and wigged 4 and 5 year olds, were found hauled out and sleeping on 
the sands and under the edge of the bluff, from which early this morning everything 
was driven up to the killing ground. The rejected seals must have already swam 
around the Reef and back to Zoltoi Cove, for they were turned off on the eastern side 
of the neck. 

Two half bulls, each with a cow, have taken up their places at the angle of the 
cliff where the Zoltoi bachelors haul out. They hold their own pretty well. The 
cows are small and have no pups. One of these must be killed to determine whether 
or not they are virgins. This class of seals we have not yet been able to find. There 
are 2 other half bulls, each with a little cow of the same description, up on Zoltoi 
sands, at the edge of the sleeping bachelors. The bulls act like true bulls, holding 
their ground and keeping the others off fairly well. The cows seem very affectionate. 
But both cows and bulls are more timorous than grown animals are. 


The male seals find it very hard to land on the sandy beach, the wet sand slipping 
back under their flippers. Hence they prefer the rocky beaches. They get on better 
among the rocks, their flippers clinging to the rocks like rubber. 

Half bulls and idle bulls are sleeping under the lee of the sand dunes at the top 
of the elitt's just past Zoltoi sands. One has to be careful not to step on them. 

One half bull sleeping near the head of a rocky slide, up which the animals 
climb with great difficulty, is badly scared at our approach and on suddenly waking 
falls over the cliff into the harem below. He is badly handled before he reaches 
the sea. 


Another case of what might be called " assisted emigration " was witnessed from 
the slope of Gorbatch. A half bull frightened fled to the sea through the harems. 
The first bull whose premises he invaded attacked him and pitched him down the 
rocks to the next one, and this bull passed him on to the next, and so on, until he 
finally reached the sea, scarred and torn. 

The injuries likely to be inflicted on the half bulls in the drives is probably much 
less than that produced by being thus handled and chewed by the adult bulls. The 
ability to survive this sort of treatment is probably the passport to their obtaining a 
place on the rookery. 

A harem of 17 cows is stampeded in the confusion created by the escape of the 
half bull, and most of them run into the water. The bull rushes in and seizes one, 
carrying her back. One cow comes back of her own accord to the 4 which remained 
with the pups. Eleven swim off in the water. At a distance of about 30 rods they 
turn, and in a few moments are swimming about offshore. They appear to enjoy the 
exercise. The bull returns, wet and panting, very greatly excited. Before leaving 
we saw another cow come back, and on our return home two hours later the entire 
harem was found to have returned. 

Fourteen harems were counted in the first section of Gorbatch under the cliffs. 
There are 24 more on the rocky slope to the first break; 18 to next reef, and 10 more 
to the square green rock called Old John's Rock. There are 33 harems to the smooth 
rocky slope. Probably 6 are invisible in the part of the slope under the cliff. Forty 
harems occupy the space to the angle of the cinder slope. To this point there are 45 
surplus bulls in the rear above, and 20 more on the beach line below. There are 15 
harems beyond to the first break; 65 up to the projecting Gorbatch Point; 30 to the 
rock where the sea lions sleep; 37 along the western side of the basaltic columns to 
the end of the rookery. 

For Gorbatch rookery, therefore, we have a total of 302 harems. Applying to it 
the average of Kitovi, we have a total of 5,224 cows. 

An albino bull lies on the edge of the parade ground near the last large break in 
Gorbatch. He should be looked for next year; he is rather above the size of the 
ordinary half bull, clay colored, with pale flippers. He has a cut in his side. 

Two large harems, numbering together 66 cows, occupied a flat bench together 
away from neighbors. There are 66 pups in the two harems. In general it seems as 
if there was 1 pup for each cow, though pups are being born all the time in the 
different harems. 1 

'During July, 1897, this same space was occupied for a time by a single harem of 150 cows, 
which afterwards broke up into a number of smaller harems. 


The only "massed" portion of Gorbatch is along the edge of the cinder slope. 
There are several large groups that extend wedge-shaped up the slope. Townsend's 
map is very close to present facts on Gorbatch. 


Above the cinder slope of Gorbatch is a level plateau known as the "parade 
ground," which gradually slopes toward the eastern shore of Reef peninsula and 
extends back to the hauling ground of Beef rookery. The highest part of this 
plateau is bare, but toward the eastward it is covered with a thick growth of grass. 
In earlier years it was kept entirely bare by the herds of wandering bachelors. To-day 
it is deserted. 

In order to settle the question of how long it would take territory of this kind to 
become grass-grown, a space which was bare in 1892 was marked off with stone 
cairns by Messrs. Stanley-Brown, Townsend, and Macoun. The space so set off is now 
covered with seal grass (Glycera angustata), like the regions about it. Saxifrage, 
arteinesia, and segina are also growing in it. 


At 3.30 a. m., while on the way to the drive, the typical harems on Ardiguen were 
visited. Two instances of copulation were seen at this time. The animals were as 
active as in the daytime. Of the pod of 38 pups 26 still remained. The harems had 
the same number as in the afternoon. 

In the afternoon a second visit was made. Two half bulls were on the rocks above 
harem A. Harem B lay on a space about 36 by 30 feet. This would give 45 square 
feet each, no account being taken of space about them. They could all be crowded 
into 480 square feet, if all were as closely packed as some are. This would give an 
area of 20 square feet each, or with pups, 10 square feet. This, however, would not 
occur naturally, and 23 square feet may be taken as a maximum in close masses, as 
True has estimated. 

If B covers 36 by 30, A to G cover 108 by 72, or 58 square feet for each cow; with 
bulls and pups, 24 square feet each. This is above the average for rookeries under the 
cliffs, as 23 is a maximum in massed rookeries. True's estimate is not very far from 
correct, if rookeries could be measured. 


On Lukanin was seen a little cow, apparently a 2-year-old, slender, young looking, 
silvery gray in color, with features of a yearling. She was in a harem alone with a 
young bull well up from the shore and near no others. There was no pup. She may 
be a virgin. According to Mr. Townsend, Mr. Stanley-Brown, and others, the silvery 
gray ones are lately in from the water; the brown ones are those who have been in 
long enough to become sunburned. 1 

A little pup was found walking away alone well above the harems, going slowly 
but steadily, as if it knew its way. It went some 15 rods, and was still going when last 

1 Further observation showed that the silvery cows were young. The uewly arrived adult is more 
olive-tinted than the sunburned cow, but is not silvery. 


seen. Some idle bulls noticed it but did not touch it. Probably a lost pup. It paid 
no attention to us. 

One bull with one lower canine bent horizontal and one lost was seen on Kitovi. 
He had no cows. This is the same bull mentioned by Mr. Lucas at the time of the 
count on the 13th. 

JULY 16. 

Dr. Stejneger, Mr. Lucas, Professor Thompson, Mr. Macoun, and Mr. Townseud 
went to Northeast Point on the Albatross. Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Lucas counted cows 
and harems on the scattered portions of the rookery. Mr. Townsend, Professor 
Thompson, and Mr. Macoun photographed the rookery. In the afternoon Dr. Jordan 
and Mr. Clark counted harems on the Reef. Colonel Murray counted bulls on the 
Zapadni rookeries and Tolstoi. 

The weather was fair; cloudy, with occasional glimpses of the sun; westerly 
winds. Thermometer, 47 ; barometer, 30.20. 


Northeast Point is by far the largest rookery on the islands. For convenience it 
has been divided into two rookeries and the tip of the Point is taken as the point ot 
division. The area to the south and east of the point is designated as Morjovi (of the 
walrus); that to the west of the point Yostochui (eastern). 

Beginning at the eastern side of the peninsula, at a point a little northeast of 
Webster House, the barems lie scattered along the shingle beach in a narrow belt, 
which widens into a group of considerable size across a projecting rocky point. A 
little bay with a sand beach intervenes and forms a break. The harems are resumed 
along the sides of Sea Lion Neck, a narrow spit running to the southeast and having 
a sea-lion rookery on its tip. The groups are small and scattered. There is a break 
made by the sandy beach of what is called Walrus Bight. Beyond this lies a wedge- 
shaped, densely massed group of harems on the flat back from the shore. A hauling 
ground follows this, and beyond it are scattered patches of seals to the tip of Northeast 
Point itself. This is Morjovi rookery. 

From this point the harems extend along the shingle beach to the angle of 
Hutchinson Hill, on the flat area at the base of which they are again densely massed. 
On either side of the massed portion are bachelor runways. The rookery continues 
to occupy the rocky beach with occasional breaks and outcroppings of the harems of 
the flat above until just opposite Cross Hill and the beginning of the great sand beach 
leading down to "North Shore," as it is called. This section is called Vostochni 


The first patch just south of Sea Lion Neck was counted and found to contain 
87 harems with 967 cows, an average of 11.25 per harem. There were 12 idle bulls in 
the rear of this patch. 

On the south side of Sea Lion Neck are 8 harems with 87 cows. On the north 
side are 17 harems with 140 cows. Four idle bulls are counted here. 

The crowded mass beyond Walrus Bight can not be counted, nor can any between 
here and the break beyond Hutchinson Hill. The harems can not be approached 
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sufficiently near to count from land, and from the water only those on the shingle 
beach can be seen, while those on the flat above can only be guessed at. 

On the western side counting was begun at the most southern patch, and was 
done from the whaleboat. The first patch contains 47 harems and 527 cows, an 
average of 11.21 per harem. Few idle bulls are noted here. The second patch 
contains 104 harems, 1,366 cows, an average of 13.13 per harem. Twenty idle bulls 
are counted. The third patch contains 73 harems, 994 cows, an average of 13. There 
are no idle bulls. 

The extreme southern patch of seals indicated on Townseud's map has entirely 
disappeared. These are the only portions of the rookery that can be counted. 

It is interesting to note the recurrence of the averages, 11-13 cows to the harem 
on some breeding areas, and about 17 in others. When harems occupy the narrow 
fringe of rocky beach the smaller average holds true, while the larger average holds 
where the harems have no opportunity to spread over a wider area. 

On Sea Lion Neck were 2 dead seal pups among the harems. Many pup bones 
were seen in the rear of the breeding grounds, representing deaths of former years. 
Among the bachelors hauled up just north of the Keck was 1 dead pup, with the 
hair worn completely off the lower part of the back, and 1 live pup, both near 
together, and a considerable distance from the breeding grounds. They were 
probably brought there by the bachelors. On the sandy beach just south of the 
southernmost patch of breeding seals on the east side 9 dead pups were counted in 
the uppermost wave of the recent gale. In the same place were 11 dead sea-lion pups, 
and 14 more lay in a similar position on the south side of Sea Lion Neck. All the 
dead pups were fresh (except 1 sea-lion pup), and apparently died at the same time. 
From their position and appearance one would naturally suppose them to have been 
drowned in some recent gale, 1 probably the one of July 10, which blew from the 
northeast. On the western side 1 dead pup was seen at the posterior line of the 
hauling ground to the south of Hutchinson Hill, with its placenta still attached. 
Another pup very badly bitten and torn was seen still walking about, although 
apparently quite sick. 

A dead seal was found on the beach just north of Sea Lion Xeck, only a few feet 
from photographing station 6. It appeared to be a rather large yearling just getting 
its permanent teeth, but was too much decomposed to make it possible to ascertain 
sex or cause of death. 

In the patches on the western side excessive fighting was going on among the 
bulls, and the females were consequently highly excited and nervous. Many cows 
were cut; many bulls were also torn and bleeding. The animals seem insensible to pain 
and pay no attention to their wounds. 

The total number of cows and harems which could be counted on Northeast 
Point rookeries was 336 harems, 4,032 cows; an average of 12 per harem. Only the 
scattering and uumassed portions were counted. The character of the ground is in 
these cases very similar to that in the Lagoon and Zapadni Keef, and the average is 
practically the same. 

1 This is not probable. More likely both sea-lion pnps and seal pups were the victims of 
Uncinaria, as they were evidently washed from the rookery on the tip of Sea Lion Neck, which is 
sandy and well adapted to the development of the worm. 



Harem A had 7 cows; B, 29; 1 afterwards proves to be the young male noticed 
at our first visit to this point; the bull is still after him. Eoused up by our approach 
the bull seeks to drive him out. The bachelor finally goes into the next harem 
and works his way down to the water. Harem C has 43 cows, E has 25, and F has 
16. There are other harems below, but they seem to have a fair proportion of pups at 
hand. But for these five harems, which contain 110 cows, there are 132 pups in sight. 
Thirty-eight of them are playing in a group above the highest harem. 


While counting the harems a cow gave birth to a pup very close at hand. 
Attention was first called to the event by a copious discharge of water from the cow, 
which ran down the rocky slope. The hind flippers of the pup were seen first. The 
cow was very uneasy, changing her position frequently, but chiefly keeping a sitting 
posture. In about two minutes, and apparently with no very great effort, the little 
fellow was born hind flippers first, evidently not the usual way. The mother quickly 
turned herself about, tearing off the cord and freeing the little fellow from his covering. 
She nosed over him, but made no attempt to lick or otherwise dry the pup, which 
almost immediately began wriggling about. The mother bleated over it like a sheep 
and seemed very much excited. A cow near by reached over, but was snapped at 
savagely by the newly made mother. The old bull came by and sniffed at the little 
fellow with a mild show of interest. The pup was on a slippery, slanting rock, and 
every movement it made caused it to slip down. The mother took hold of it by the 
neck, just as a cat would take her kitten, and dragged it up to her side. She would 
draw its head up to the teat, but it was some time before any very definite attempt 
was made to nurse. Later on it did so, as the mother seemed very anxious it should. 
She finally moved up to a dry place and drew the pup up after her. A neighboring 
pup coming by was driven off by the mother. 

In another harem a cow was seen to pick up a pup by the back of the neck and 
carry it clear across the harem. She laid it down and apparently paid no more 
attention to it, though the little thing remained near her. 

One cow in harem A seemed to have a cough. Every few minutes she would be 
doubled up with a fit of coughing. 


On the rocks at the angle of Zoltoi Sands there is a half bull very badly cut about 
the breast and across the shoulder; the skin is much swollen, and the animal seems 
to be badly injured. 1 Another bull has a number of bad shoulder cuts. Still another 
drags his hind flippers as if injured in the back. This bull was killed for examination 
and found to have the pelvis crushed. 

This point seems to be a sort of hospital for the derelicts of Gorbatch. Their 
wounds, as far as evident on the surface, are the result of fights. Tliey have 
probably been whipped and driven out of the breeding grounds. 

1 This bull was afterwards found dead and the skeleton taken for museum purposes. 


A count of the bulls on Reef rookery was made. One harem of 2 cows is seen 
about midway between Ardiguen and the end of the point. It is in an isolated 
position, no other harems being within 40 yards, and properly belongs to Ardiguen. 
The bull is seen to copulate; the cow bites him. He keeps up a constant growling 
and putting. When over, he turns and roars. Then both bull and cow plunge into 
the water and swim away in opposite directions, leaving the other cow and the pod of 
6 pups. They do not return while we remain, but are swimming still, in dolphin 
fashion, after ten minutes. This is doubtless a young bull. There are pups in the 
harem, but only 2 cows; the others must be at sea. On visiting the harem twenty 
minutes later the bull was found to have returned to the beach, but at sight of us he 
once more took to the sea. 


One harem, the first of Reef rookery, lies isolated on the west side of the point. 
It contains 12 cows. 

The first patch of seals on Reef rookery has shrunk well away from the double 
cross mark, 40 feet at least. It begins at the point and is bounded by a bachelor 
runway on the east. There are 52 bulls with harems. The harems are moderately 
massed on coarse, irregular blocks of rock. 

The second patch, a merely arbitrary division, has 31 harems. There are many 
idle bulls on the outskirts, and their breath, as they puff at each other, is suffocating. 
Eighteen harems are in the space between this and a second runway, marked by a 
single cross at the head. No harems are within 40 feet of the cross, however, the 
space being full of cantankerous, idle bulls. A bull steals the only cow from a 
neighboring harem and adds her to his already large harem. 

There are 38 harems to a triangular green rock, and 36 harems to the stump at 
the point where the line of harems widens into a wedge-shaped mass. This mass 
contains 80 harems and is bounded by a third bachelor runway, in which there is a 
pond of foul-smelling water. This great mass of seals, the densest seen, reaches well 
up to the cross marking the terminus of last year. The ground is black with pups. 
Small harems, evidently the result of capture, lie on the outskirts. 

Back of the central portion of Reef rookery is the hauling ground. The runway 
containing the pond is the one most frequented by the bachelors of Reef rookery. 
There are at its head to-day 500 half bulls, to say nothing of bachelors, although it 
was only yesterday that everything was driven up. These half bulls will increase 
the horde of idle bulls of next year. 

Beyond the first pond there is a still larger lot of seals. One isolated harem is 
located under the cross painted by Mr. Townsend. Several others are near it, but the 
main rookery does not come within 20 feet of the cross. The great patch can not be 
counted from any point. 

Then conies another runway, and in it another pond nearly dried up. In the 
great patch terminated by this runway the harems can only be estimated. There are 
probably 100 families in all. This estimate is verified by a still later view at a point 
beyond. The wedge of seals falls 60 feet short of the cross painted last year. 

One bull stands guard over a dead cow and a live pup at some distance outside 
the line of harems. It can not be determined whether the pup belongs to the dead 
cow or not. The bull is with difficulty driven away from the cow. The pup goes off 


in the direction of the harems. The cow has a hole in her side, but has been too long 
dead to make it possible to determine the cause of death. 

Small harems are located behind the regular mass, and these mark the outline 
of the mass of last year. One has 2 small cows; another has 3. The cows are small, 
silvery, and slim. There are no pups. One cow from the harem of 2 gets away and 
joins the harem of 3, much to the surprise of the bull to whom she comes. The remain- 
ing cow is lonesome and tries to get away. These are apparently virgin two year olds, 
and seem very small by the side of the big black bull. The runaway cow soon makes 
herself at home in the new harem. 

There is an enormous number of idle bulls and half bulls. The interests of the 
herd demand that their number be reduced. The idle bulls simply tear each other, 
steal females, and trample on the pups. Those nearest the rookeries crowd upon them 
and are in turn crowded upon by those behind. 

About 40 bulls are counted on the flat ground in the next wedge. The shingle 
beach chops off here so steeply, that all the harems can not be counted. There are 
probably 35 more out of sight. 

Next comes a flat at the angle of the parade ground, and the seals grow fewer 
and the space narrower. 

Twenty-five harems are counted to the angle of the point opposite Sivutch Kock, 
and 25 more are located along the parade-ground front to the castle-like pile of rocks. 
The shingle beach here everywhere falls off too steeply to admit of counting from 
above. Twenty harems are therefore estimated for those out of sight, and later 
observations from the sand dunes at the extreme northern end, giving a lengthwise 
view of the beach, shows the estimate to be about right. There are 43 harems from 
the rock pile to the end of the rookery. Adding together the various patches counted 
on the Reef we have a total of 504 harems for this rookery, and applying the average 
of Kitovi the number of cows would be 8,719. 

A battle royal between a bull with 1 cow and another from a large harem is 
witnessed at the edge of the parade ground. One bull is badly cut; meanwhile his 
cow runs away and the attacking bull goes after her. 

Three other idle bulls attacked the defeated and deserted one and handled him 
very roughly. The cow has brought up in a distant harem and is lost to all three. 
In their fighting the bulls show a tendency to clinch when the fighting becomes too 
hot. At close range they push one another like centers in opposing foot-ball teams. 

No dead pups are visible on Reef rookery. Of live pups there seems to be about 
three for every four cows. Cows step on pups in getting around, the pups paying no 


From the brow of the cliffs overlooking Gorbatch 3 cows are seen perched on 
an almost inaccessible ledge. Their pups are trying to reach them, climbing up the 
slippery slope time after time, only to fall back to the bottom. The cows do not seem 
to care whether the pups get up or not, though they call them at intervals. 

Two cows have a fight because one abuses the pup of the other which gets in her 
way. One pup tries for ten minutes to get across the slippery ridge. When almost 
successful a cow snaps at him, he loses his balance, and slides to the bottom. His 
mother has been bleating to him across the ridge, but shows no disposition to help 
and no alarm at his mishap. 


JULY 17. 

Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Lucas returned from Northeast Point. The forenoon was 
spent in the dissection of the cow from Zoltoi and in office work. In the afternoon 
Dr. Jordan and Mr. Macoun visited the Reef, and with a glass counted harems on 
Sivutch Rock. 


In the rear of the rookeries have been seen of late a number of small harems, 
containing each a single small cow. This morning two similar harems are located at 
the angle of Zoltoi Sands. As a step toward determining the question whether these 
are virgin females, one of the cows on Zoltoi was this morning shot by Mr. Chichester 
for dissection. 

The specimen was chosen as being apparently less than average size, light in 
color, and consorting alone with one of the smaller bulls away from the regular 
breeding grounds. She had no pup. 

The following measurements were taken: Neck, 1 foot 6 inches; length to root of 
tail, 4 feet 3 inches; girth around i>osterior nipples, 1 foot 9 inches; girth around 
anterior nipples, 2 feet 2 inches; girth of shoulders, 2 feet 9 inches. Weight, 73 

In examining external characters the vagina was seen to be distended, its lining 
walls thickened, fleshy, and wrinkled. The nipples were dark in color, and moderately 
protuberant; the subcutaneous layer of fat abundant. 

The mammary glands contained a very little milk; were functionally well 
developed; their tissue, nearly an inch thick in the region between the posterior 
nipples, was found to thin out gradually anteriorly, the tissue extending from the 
pubic symphysis to within about 8 inches beyond the front of the anterior nipples, and 
the posterior glands on both sides merging together in one continuous sheet. The 
upper edge of the gland was in line of the upper axil, and along the median side of 
the body. 

In the bicornuate uterus the right horn was thickened and dilated to about half 
the size of one's fist. The ovaries were smooth, about the size of a walnut, the right 
exhibiting a single scar. The left showed one large and several small graaflau 
follicles. The scar showed that the animal had bred once. No rupture was evident 
on the left side, but the follicle was ready for rupture. 

The animal was therefore not a virgin, but apparently a young cow which had 
lost her pup, and, having no further interest on the rookery, had gone to sea, and in 
lauding had taken up with the young bull on Zoltoi. 


In some conditions of weather the bachelors lie on the flat sand at Zoltoi, but not 
often. There are, however, always hundreds of them hauled up on the stony southeast 
edge of the sands. They haul out at the angle of the bluff and then go straight up to 
the bowlder-strewn slope where the sand is firm over the underlying blocks of lava. 
The seals find it very hard to walk on sand at all, or to creep up from the sea directly 
on the sand beaches. They slip back at every step. It is not easy for a man to walk 
over these sands. But at the angle of Zoltoi Bluff, where the sands are beaten hard 


and flat, the lauding is easy. Here the seals come and go all the time, and the bluft' 
above the sand is a favorite location for them. 

A bull and cow, which seem to be the same as were seen this morning when the 
young cow was shot, are now out in the sea, a rod from the shore. They come ashore 
together and the bull drives a bachelor away. It is evidently the same pair. The 
male has a big cut iu the side. At 4 p. in., on our return, both are gone again. 


With a glass from the rock pile back of the Beef one can make out about 27 l 
harems of moderate size scattered along the beach of the concave western shore of 
Sivutch islet. About 150 bachelors are hauled up on the north end. The bulk of 
them seem small. No drives are made from this island, though occasional killings 
are made there in the early spring, the first bachelors usually hauling out there. 


Harem A had 7 cows; B, 19; C, 29 only; D, 27. The young bachelor is apparently 
gone. Harem E has 9 cows; F, 6; G, 9. One cow in D is wet. The cows are 
asleep in lazy attitudes, but they waken occasionally and tight sleepily. 

The young bachelor has evidently returned. He is driven out of B into D by 
the angry bull. Wherever he goes the cows are in a turmoil and bite at him. He is 
now among the pups at the bottom of D. Passes a noisy cow, who strikes at him ; 
tramples on pups of F and goes on dragging his hind legs over pups and upsetting 
them. He can be traced down to H, where he goes reluctantly. 2 

The bull calf paddles down to the harem at the very foot slowly and reluctantly, 
trampling all the pups he can ; they recover themselves rapidly. 

At a distance beyond harem C there is a big black bull, with a cow and pup, 
evidently a new harem, which we may call X. 

The old cow with the green fur, now silvery, formerly in A, is now in charge of 
an idle bull a rod higher up. We may call this harem Y. 

JULY 18. 

The day was spent on board the Albatross dredging miles oft' Zapadni Head. 
The weather was very rough. Heavy rain fell during the whole day. Dr. Stejueger 
remained on board the vessel, it being arranged that the A Ibatross should sail in 
the night for Uualaska to take coal and steam for the Commander Islands. Mr. 
Towusend also remained to accompany the vessel to Unalaska, where he will remain 
until August 10, getting information among the officers of the sealing vessels which 
are now coming in to fit up for the Bering Sea cruise. 

JULY 19. 

Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Gorbatch rookery. Weather very disagreeable, 
with alternate fog and rain, southeasterly winds. Thermometer 42; barometer 30.20. 

1 Inspection of this island in August, 1896, showed the rookery to be much larger, and in 1897 a 
count made from a boat showed 102 harems. 

2 This may have been a yearling cow. In 1897 a young cow of this sort was seen to shift about 
among the harems under Lukaniu Cliff for about 10 days, always avoiding the attentions of the bulls, 
and consequently apparently attacked by thorn. 



Under the cliffs of Gorbatcli rookery a half bull about 10 feet from shore is seen 
copulating with a little cow. The cow's head is under water two-thirds of the time. 
She rests on the rocks in shallow water. Another bull tries to interfere and disturbs 
the copulating, which is resumed after the intruder is driven off. The cow is half 
drowned and both animals are repeatedly rolled over by the surf. 

A cow goes out to sea; her bull remonstrates and follows her into the water neck 
deep, but she gets away. He chases her under the water. 

Two seals on a rock snatch at a sea bird which skims over them in its flight. 

Some of the natives have the absurd notion that the shrinkage from Townseud's 
crosses is due to the fact that the white crosses scare them. On a cairn of stones 
where Captain Moser placed a white flag while making hydrographic observations, 
a half bull is now perched close to the flag, of which he seems very proud. It marks 
his castle, as it were. 

Cows in the rain move out of the puddles and perch upon rocks in all sorts of 
attitudes. A favorite position when rain is falling is to sit up like a dog with the 
head thrown far back. A dead half bull at Zoltoi lies on the beach, badly cut about 
the breast and flippers. 


This rookery was visited about 4 p. m. The weather is cold and rainy. Harem 
A has moved up 15 feet nearer the rocks and has 7 cows, his original number. Another 
bull from behind is located in his former place, but has lost the cow he had stolen the 
other day from A's harem. We have designated him as Y. There is no difficulty in 
recognizing the cow by the peculiar color of her neck, though now that she is dry 
this is not very marked. 

Harem B has only 10 cows; C, 23, spread out and climbing on the rocks, probably 
because of the muddy condition of the harem, due to the rain. Harem X has 1 cow 
and 2 pups. D's harem is much spread out with 15 cows. Harem E has 3; F, 17; 

Pups are still being born, red placentas are lying about. The cows are much 
more scattered, probably to avoid mud. 

JULY 20. 

Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Gorbatcli and Reef in the forenoon and Lukanin 
in the afternoon. Mr. Lucas made a count of Lukanin rookery. 

Weather cloudy, with thick fog at times; strong southeasterly winds. Ther- 
mometer, 44; barometer, 30.40. 

A semi-albino half bull, 5 years old, is to-day on Zoltoi sands with some 40 
others, nearly all 5-year-olds, some 4, some younger. 

Six single-cow harems lie at the back of the massed portion of Gorbatcli, where 
not more than two were to be seen yesterday. It is probable that the idle bulls 
succeed later on in establishing many of these harems. A bull was seen to enter a 
harem and carry off a cow a distance of 20 feet, holding her against two other idle 
bulls which attacked him. He kept the cow for a few minutes, but she escaped and 
got back into the harem to which she belonged. This seems to be the regular process 
by which the small harems in the rear grow. 



The harems on Ardiguen were visited at 5 o'clock to-day. A heavy wind, with 
driving fog, was blowing across the Keef. With the exception of the harems on the 
flat the seals were protected from its effects. The following is the count of the harems : 
A, 4; B, 6; C, 25; D, 14; E, 3; F, 17; Y, 0; X, 4. 

The cow with the peculiarly marked neck is gone. This is the first time she has 
been missed since the 13th, when she had evidently just arrived. A wet cow is seen 
to land and make her way up the slide taking her place in C. She calls and is 
plainly hunting for her pup. 

For the 73 cows now visible in the typical harems there are 192 pups. Of course 
they may come up from the harems below, and yet these show a fair percentage of 
pups. 1 


A count of the cows in 59 harems on Lukanin gave a total of 848 cows, an 
average of 14.3 to a harem. For the rest of the rookery only harems could be 
counted. Eighty-eight additional harems were found. Estimating these on the 
basis of those counted, they would represent 1,167 cows, or for the entire rookery 
2,015. But an unusual number of cows are coming and going, and it is evident that 
the population of the rookery is breaking up, though the original harems are still 
clearly marked by the presence of the bulls. The average of Kitovi rookery, which 
Lukanin resembles in many respects, is therefore a safer one to apply, and this would 
give a total of 2,543 cows for the 147 harems of Lukanin. 

Five dead pups were seen on Lukauin, one with placenta attached; all probably 
trampled while young. Saw a few fresh placentas lying about, and two or three newly 
born pups. Two pups were bitten, probably by cows. A pup was seen born. Its 
mother was a silvery gray cow. Silver- gray cows are young; adult cows are brownish. 
Pups podding and nursing. A wet cow hunts for her pup and finds it, but makes it 
wait until she is dry before she lets it nurse. Cows coming and going in spite of 
strong surf. The customary number of idle and half bulls back of rookery. Harems 
seem to be disintegrating. 

Nine harems were counted as follows: 18, 10, 11, 33, 20, 13, 23, 13, 11; a total of 
151 cows in an area of about 102 by 80 feet. This would give space of 274 feet to 
each animal, including pups. This is a fairly dense patch of harems, not nearly so 
dense as the massed areas, but above the average of the rocky ground. 

A lone cow is teasing a young half bull in the surf. One bull seen with injured 
jaw, one front canine broken and bent forward. Females crane their necks and look 
at you with sleepy curiosity. Seals are not much alarmed at man. They soon lose 
their sense of fear when you have passed. 

The drives do not run close to any rookery and do not alarm the harems. Killable 
seals stay away from the rookeries on their special hauling grounds. 

A big bull copulating occupies four minutes. Another cow clings to him 
admiringly. The bull growls a good deal, and keeps his mouth open nearly all the 

1 Later observations showed that at no time were more than half of the cows out atone time, and 
at this date in the breeding season the number present was considerably less than half, as shown by 
the investigations of 1897. 


time. The cow creeps off and the bull sits down, mouth open, and fans himself with 
one flipper. Then he rolls over and fans himself with both flippers. A pup begins to 
play with the moving flippers. 

In their fights the bulls strike for the most part at the base of the fore flipper. 
Nearly every old bull has scars there. 

JULY 21. 

Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited the Reef and Gorbatch in the morning, and 
went with Mr. Lucas to Tolstoi in the afternoon. 

Weather fair, with light clouds; southeasterly breezes. Thermometer, 44; 
barometer, 30.48. 


At the angle of Zoltoi sands with the rocky cliff, which seems to be a sort of 
receiving hospital for injured bulls, a large number of wounded animals are constantly 
to be seen hanging about the edge of the water. Some of them- are terribly cut tip. 
A number of these invalids have been killed and dissected, and the results are 
recorded by Mr. Lucas in the chapter on the mortality of seals. 

There are 150 half bulls hauled out on the slope at Zoltoi; there are only two or 
three killable seals among them. These half bulls have probably been driven several 
times already, and will undoubtedly appear in the next drive. 

There is a prehistoric pile of bones on the rock plateau above Zoltoi. The bones 
contain skulls of bulls and seals of all ages; there are the bones of sea lions and all 
kinds of birds, foxes, etc. This pile of bones was photographed in 1892 by the 
British commission to illustrate the myth of the " carcass-strewn " driveways. As a 
matter of fact the Eeef drive does not pass within a hundred yards of the spot. The 
skeleton of a seal buried in the sand looks surprisingly like the imprint of bones 
found in the rock at Roblar, near Paso Robles, Cal. These were supposed by 
some to be the bones of prehistoric man. They may have been the bones of a seal 
or sea lion. 

Looking over Townsend's photographs of Reef rookery for 1892 and 1895, one can 
see plainly a large falling off at the later date on all the massed portions. When we 
compare photographs for 1894 and 1895 for Reef we do not find the difference so 


Harem A has moved well up under the lee of the cliff, with but 1 cow. Y remains 
in the old position of A, but with no cow. 

Harem B has 5 cows; C, 30. Harem X has 6 cows and is growing right along. 
Harem D has 14 cows; 2 of them show by their wet coats that they have just come 
from the water. The bull belonging to E is gone; 7 cows lie about the old position: 
F has 5 cows; G, 15, lying about asleep. The bull of E is seen lying down below G 
fast asleep; seems considerably cut. There is a wet cow climbing up to C. A pup 
ejects a quantity of cream-colored excrement. 




At 11 o'clock 2 cows coine out of the water and come directly up the gully to 
harems, where they arrive at 11.5. Oue cow ascends a rock and seems in no hurry to 
find her pup; the other looks about and calls loudly; walks over one end of a mass of 
30 pups; turns about so as to face them; lingers, then goes over to outlying pups and 
noses some of them; snaps at them; comes back to the bunch of 30; noses and snaps 
over them as they wake up. At 11.17 she finds a pup which she recognizes and allows 
to nurse; clears away enough pups to make room and sits up and dozes; appears tired 
and sleepy. The pup nurses the wet cow, shifting from nipple to nipple on the left 

About 150 young bulls from 3 to 5 years old are to the south of Zoltoi Sands. 

Two dead pups on Gorbatch; cow lies with her nose immediately above 1, which 
has lost patches of far; pups podding, about 60 in a solid mass and 15 others near. 

Two fresh placentas are seen in harems where two or three pups have already 
turned quite gray. At southern end of Gorbatch is a pup with placenta attached. 
In some harems cows are coming and going from the sea. They do not seem to go 
direct, but tarry here and there as they go, working from harem to harem. 

Pups are seen to defecate on the ground, but the excrement is quickly trampled 
up and rendered unrecognizable. The same is true of the excrement of the cows. 
There is no lack of excrement, however, either on the breeding grounds or on the 
hauling grounds. 


In afternoon I recounted Tolstoi bluffs in company with Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark. 

Count by harems. 











































































































Harems, 114; cows, 954; average, 8.3. 

Harems, 108; cows, 1,498; average, 13.94 (July 14, 1896). 

Harems, 113; cows, 1,539; average, 13 + (Towuseml, July 11, 189")). 

Hareius, 107; cows, 1,624; average, 15 (True, July 11, 1895). 



Pups are podding and swarming like bees around the mass of the harems. Two 
recently born pups are seen. There are 5 dead ones. Three of the dead pups are on 
the sand. Under the cliffs at the headland a young dead pup was seen alone near 
an idle bull. Two small dead pups are seen in a harem. 

The cows have their own way, anyhow, and go whither they please finally. Those 
sitting on the rocks, fanning themselves .after coining out of the water, look amazingly 


like lizards. Bulls and cows both weep a great deal, keeping up a steady lachrymal 
flow, making a dark stain behind and below the eye. 

A bull is seen copulating on Tolstoi. The cow is in an awkward position and he 
is apparently unsuccessful within half an hour. 

A bull and cow about to copulate near a newly born pup threaten to crush it. 
The mother drags away the pup, which is not more than a few hours old, having the 
placenta, still red, attached. The cow finally gets her pup into a safe place. 

The cows move their pups as a cat does her kittens by the nape of the neck. 
An attempt to carry a wandering pup that way proved dangerous. The skin on the 
neck was not loose enough and the pup's sharp teeth are too ready too bite. It is not 
wise to attempt to pick up a lively pup in that way. 

The bulls patiently and indifferently father all the pups attached to their harems. 
Most ignore the presence of the little fellows. The cows are apparently never jealous 
and like to be in a crowd. 

Pups have the temper of the old bulls and are fierce enough. They cry like 
children. A stray pup is exceedingly cross when touched. 

JULY 22. 

Mr. Lucas visited the typical harems on the Eeef slide, Ardiguen, in the forenoon, 
and in the afternoon went with Dr. Jordan to Kitovi rookery. Colonel Murray counted 
the harems on Lagoon rookery. Mr. Macoun photographed Eeef rookery. 

A dense fog prevailed during the forenoon, clearing away at noon; wind still 
from the southeast; thermometer, 44; barometer, 30.5G. 

Colonel Murray reported 115 harems as the result of his count of Lagoon rookery, 
made from a boat. The original count was 120. It is likely that he omitted to count 
some of the harems toward the back or landward side. 


A cow all alone with a pup was seen some rods above Kitovi. She must have 
landed and borne her pup alone, finding no harem. She is 100 yards south of the 
rookery. She is much alarmed by our approach, but stays by the pup, which is still 
very young. The placenta lies near it. She runs away at last, leaving her pup. A 
big rotting sea-lion carcass lies near by. 

A little pup was found wandering off behind the rookery. He was starving and 
nearly dead. He was killed. Even half-starved he was very tenacious of life, and 
revived three times after clubbing. 

Much so called teasing of bulls by the cows is the result of the bull's effort to 
stop the cow from doing something she wants to do. This teasing on the water's 
edge means that the cow either wishes to leave the water to seek her harem or wishes 
to go to sea, and is being prevented by the bull, who places himself in her way. She 
bites him on the neck and breast, sometimes in the mouth. It does not show that the 
cow is in heat or that the bull lacks virility; at least it is susceptible in many cases of 
an easier and more rational solution. In nearly every instance the cow finally gets 
away to the sea or to her harem above. 

On Ardiguen a female leaves her own harem and starts for the water. She is 
intercepted and held by the bull in an adjacent harem. After a little interviewing 
and smelling she is allowed to escape. A cow in a near harem is restless and seems 
to wish to leave, but is prevented by the bull. 


A cow at Lukaniu Point tries to get to the water and is pursued a long way by 
her own bull, then right and left by four other bulls, the last one on the water's edge. 
She remonstrates and explains, biting at them. One nearly breaks her neck. The 
cliff is dangerously high. She dare not drop off the cliff into the water. Cows in 
the harem bite at her. She finally escapes by making a long detour, but has to stop 
frequently to rest. Cows returning do not seem to have the same difficulty. 

When a cow wishes to take to the water her own bull remonstrates with her. 
Then the bulls through whose domains she goes try to detain her. In the end, how- 
ever, she has her own way. Often the bulls come to blows that is, to blowing their 
strong, musky breath at each other, like rival journalists. Cows often seem to forget 
what they started out for and go back to the harem. The purposelessness of action 
is very characteristic of harem life. 

When cows come in from the water they seem hampered by their wet coats, and 
are discouragiugly deliberate about hunting up their pups. It makes one tired to 
watch them, they are in so little of a hurry. It is said that they do not let their pups 
nurse, even if they find them, before they get dry. Cows have, however, been seen 
to nurse their pups almost immediately after finding them, and while quite wet. Two 
cows come out of the water apparently with some idea of where their pups are. They 
call and two pups come, and after being smelled over are accepted. One nurses the 
wet mother, the other is made to wait. (Mr. Lucas.) 

The bachelors are full of curiosity, coming to look at us if we sit down. Four- 
year-olds swim all about the edge of the rookeries like whales, at home in the water 
though despised on land. 

There is need of a manual for the guidance of young bulls. They laud from the 
sea on the domain of the idle bull and are lucky if they escape scalped. The same 
thing happens if they get into the breeding ground. 

Cows are near-sighted. They do not notice one at all unless he is above the level 
or moving. An exception to this seems to be when a seal comes to the surface of the 
water to breathe. Then the animal seems to catch sight of the person walking or 
standing on the shore even at a considerable distance. It will make a quick dive 
and hasten oft' through the water, soon, however, coming to the surface, gazing 
curiously at the object of alarm. The seal's senses are less acute than those of many 
other animals. It has too few enemies to make accuracy of sense perception 

The sun comes out hot and every hind flipper on the rookery goes like a fan. 
The day is unusually clear and hot for St. Paul. Such a day as this is unfavorable for 
driving, and yesterday it was necessary to turn a thousand seals back into the sea 
and discontinue the killing, because of the untimely appearance of the sun. To make 
the seals exert themselves in such weather or undergo any unusual excitement would 
be disastrous. 

JULY 23. 

Mr. Lucas and Professor Thompson went early to Polovina to witness the drive, 
and afterwards to inspect the rookeries. Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark also visited the 
same rookeries later in the day. 

Weather cloudy; wind from north, changing to northwest. Thermometer 44; 
barometer 30.44. 




At the drive 585 seals were killed and skinned; 344 were rejected because too 
small and 313 because too large. The percentage of small ones was greater than in 
the Reef drive, of the total drive of 1,242 only 47.14 per cent being killed. 

The drive was a very short and easy one, over smooth, grassy, 'rolling country, 
but the seals seemed very excitable and much exhausted. The excitable condition 
seemed also characteristic of the seals on the rookery. One could scarcely approach 
them without causing great commotion. 

On the killing ground the rejected seals could scarcely be driven away. After 
leaving, they loitered along, lying down and fanning themselves. Some of them went 
round the pond ; the majority went in and stayed some time. Coming out, they rested, 
going to the rise above beach and again resting before going into the water. They 
seemed much afraid of being separated; if one moved off, others would rush after. 
One seemed to urge on the other, and they move more rapidly in bands than when 
single or in twos and threes. Going down the beach to the sea they strung out in a 
long line, the leader being usually a small seal whose light weight enabled him to 
move faster. The larger seals sat down from time to time, but did not like to be left 
behind. As soon as they entered the water they lay down in it. In a few moments 
they swam off in a long curve toward their hauling grounds, some going out a mile 
or so before turning. 

One yearling gets away with a fractured skull and will die; one fell near the 
killers and was clubbed; a third was found dead later on. The injured ones are 
small seals that have been struck by accident. It is impossible to avoid accidents of 
this sort, notwithstanding the care the clubbers exercise, for the seals crowd together 
in a compact mass. However, the proportion of such accidents is small, and the 
vitality of the animals is extraordinary. 

At the killing twenty stomachs were examined and found to be empty, except 
for some mucus and bile. Two contained a little fresh blood. 


At the point where the sand beach joins with the rocks 8 dead pups were counted 
near together in the first three harems. The bulls seemed very savage, and from the 
appearance of the pups one might easily suppose that they had been trampled in 
the sand. 

The greatest number of dead pups seen on the rookeries have been on these 
sandy beaches. On the rocks the examples are not numerous. Perhaps the pups are 
smothered in dust as well as crushed, and the smothering does not happen on the rocks. 
IsTine more dead pups and 1 dead cow were noted on the flat slope above. Some of 
these might have been crushed by the idle bulls, which were numerous. 

While looking for dead pups a big bull is seen to lunge and fall with his breast 
on a pup. It wriggles off. A smaller one would have been crushed flat. Some of 
the dead are at a distance back of the harems, and may have wandered there and 
died of starvation. One pup was found with his head crushed and covered with 
pus, almost dead. It was killed. The pup's head might have been bitten by a bull. 
A fresh placenta was seen, showing that pups are still being born. 



Little Polovina is a pretty little rookery, but not easily counted, as there is uo 
place from wliicli it can be looked down upon, and it spreads out over an irregular 
rocky slope. It might spread out indefinitely along its rocky reef, like Lagoon or 
Zapadni Reef. There are 45 harems in the rookery. The bulls seem very fierce and 
the cows restless here, as at the main rookery. 

Behind the rookery are many idle bulls. One bull left his harem of 5 or 6 cows 
to attack an idle bull lying near, and his harem stampeded into the next bull's flock. 
He looked back and saw what had happened, paused a moment, and then went with 
still greater vigor after the idle bull, as if to be revenged. He returned later with 
a torn eye to the place where his harem had been, but while we remained he did 
not regain any part of his flock. 


An attempt was made to count pups in the patches between Little Polovina and 
the main rookery, but with no great success, as it was not possible to get near 
enough to the harems to see all the pups in the crevices of the rocks without stam- 
peding the cows. Many of them took to the water as it was, despite the restraining 
efforts of the frantic bulls. 

There were many illustrations of the fact that when a cow wants to go to the 
water the bull can not in the long run stop her, though he may try to do so and 
succeed for a time. A wet cow is seen fighting to get past a wet bull at the water's 
edge. The efforts of cows to get past bulls to the water have certainly been wrongly 
interpreted when regarded as the teasing of listless and impotent bulls. 

In the next patch or gully 27 pups are counted. Two are in a little cave alone 
with a single cow. Are these twins! It is not evident how the cow and pups could 
have reached the place. On crossing over to the other side, however, a small hole, 
just large enough for a seal to crawl through, is found leading down to the shelf 
below, where the rest of the harem is. One pup lies dead under a slide of sand and 
rocks; a very young one. There are 30 pups in the next section; 110 in the next; 18 
in the next. Then there is a break; 23 pups follow; then 57, one dead in the sand. 
In the next section 112 are counted; then 79; one young one is trampled in the 

The sections counted extend to the first little point and break north of Polovina 
Point. There are over 900 pups, but the count is by no means complete. 

On the 15th of July Mr. Townsend counted the cows in these sections and found 
1,268 in 86 harems. Evidently we have not found all the pups. 1 

At the southern end of the cliffs is a wet cow, just in from the sea, with bloody 
shot holes in her back below the shoulders, the shot apparently having passed 
through. The cow had just come out of the water, and the fresh blood is streaming 
down her back. Another cow in the same harem showed a fresh wound on her back, 
probably the result of a bite; it might be the wound of a spear. The cow with the 
two holes was undoubtedly shot, 2 the buckshot penetrating the skin at one side and 
coming out at the other. 

1 When the count of live pups was made on this section, by actually driving up and counting the 
animals, 2,496 were found. 

2 Others which had been shot at the same time were found at Morjovi, July 25. 



The Polovina rookeries show some decrease from the conditions of last year. The 
decrease in hauling-ground area is more marked. The space at present occupied is 
but a fraction of the former area. It is almost impossible to count the harems on the 
main part of Polovina, but Colonel Murray reports finding 138 harems on the 15th, 
and, so far as we can judge to-day, this is about right, though at this time the harems 
are beginning to be demoralized. 

The maximum extension of the breeding area on this rookery is still pretty well 
defined by the position of the idle bulls. Of these there are nearly enough to till the 
old grounds, but the scarcity of females leaves two-fifths of them without harems. 
This thinning out of cows indicates a falling off' much greater than the mere reduction 
of rookery space on the map can exhibit, because not only is less space occupied, but 
this less space is more thinly occupied. 

The rookeries are fullest about July 15. Then each harem has its characteristic 
form and position. When cows are many and the grounds level, various harems run 
together in a mass. Each bull at first tries to control his own cows and round them 
up; but later on this can not be done, and finally two or three bulls rest on the 
edge of the mass, holding the cows in common. 

After a while the wandering of the pup attracts the mother away from the 
harem. Impregnated cows have no further interest in the bull and follow the pups 
or go into the water, and the harems grow vague in their lines of demarkation. This 
is more or less true by July 18, when one-fourth, perhaps one-third, of the cows only 
are ever present. 

The attractiveness of the bulls cuts no figure in building up harems. The bull 
does no courting, nor does he make any effort to please the cows. The position he 
holds is, in the first place, the reward of his force and pugnacity; but the size of the 
harem is determined by the advantage of the position and with reference to the place 
of landing of the cows. He can not leave this position to secure cows, without being 
supplanted. He must wait for them to come to him. All bulls seem to be alike to 
the cows, but the cows like certain places, and the more so if their pups are there. 
When the pups are podded, the cows scatter about and the rookery spreads. 

As a rookery declines, the masses break up into individual harems, rounded up 
by the bulls, and the breaks between the harems become larger. This makes a count 
by space occupied a thing very untrustworthy. On rocky ground, among lava blocks 
and gullies, the scattered arrangement is universal, and probably has always been so, 
as no massed arrangement is possible under the rough cliffs of St. Paul. On Polovina 
cliffs and Kitovi little harems may be seen stowed away in all sorts of queer corners. 


On the way home three dead pups, not in a condition to be examined, were found 
on the beach approaching Lukanin Rookery, but a very long way distant from the 
harems. These pups could hardly have wandered there, and were probably dead pups 
washed over from Lukanin by the high surf, as they seem to have been dead for some 
time. They do not appear emaciated. 

This whole subject of the death of pups must be reviewed in the light of the fuller investiga- 
tions of 1897. 


All effort will be made to make a more definite study of the causes of death among 
pups. Several causes seem to be apparent on the surface. A certain number of 
pups are found at a long distance back of the harems. They do not show any marks 
of violence, and lie prone upon the sand as though they had lain down exhausted and 
died. Their emaciated condition points to starvation. Tbey have wandered off and 
become lost. One pup on Poloviua was found one-fourth of a mile away from the 
rookery, evidently starved. Another was seen on the hauling ground, weak and 
plainly starving. The number that thus stray is, however, not large. 

Another cause of death, is the trampling of fighting bulls. The crushed 
appearance of some of the little fellows and the position in which they lie point to 
this as the cause. It is not an easy thing to kill a pup, for of the hundreds seen to 
be run over and stepped upon by the bulls in their lunges about through the harems, 
no pup has yet been seen to be killed or even seriously wounded. A pup physically 
weak, injured in some way, or taken in some peculiar position might, however, be 
easily crushed. 

After the sandy beaches, the next most important place to find dead pups is along 
the line of the outer harems. This is the ground which is fought over by the harem 
bulls and the idle ones attempting to steal cows. The case of the dying pup with the 
crushed head and the pus oozing out seems to indicate a bite by a bull or cow as the 
cause of death in a limited number of cases. 

The pups as a whole are a very lively, healthy, and vigorous lot of little animals. 
They climb over the rocks, play with each other in their fashion, and are not at all 
delicately constituted. No weaklings are to be seen among them. Their instincts 
seem to lead them to work up the slopes and away from, the water, so that drowning 
must be an exceptional cause of mortality. 

Killable seals do not lie close to or behind the rookeries. Therefore it is not true 
that in making the drives the breeding seals are disturbed. Behind most of the 
rookeries are from two to four series of idle bulls, 20 or 30 feet apart, quarrelsome? 
immovable, and dangerous. Outside of these there are usually as many series of half 
bulls who will drive a little but stand their ground more or less. Along the water's 
edge there is a similar arrangement, but the idle bulls and the wet bulls are closer 
together. Tolstoi, Zapadni, Reef, and Polovina, as well as other rookeries lying on 
slopes or with parade grounds behind, are fringed with these idle bulls, which some 
early writers took for sentinels. These often perch on huge rocks or sleep in clefts or 
volcanic craters, wherever they find a suitable place, but they are in no sense sentinels. 
They merely spend their time in sleeping and watching the rookery life below, in which 
they would like to take a part but dare not. 


The estimate of harems made to-day on Poloviua rookeries gives us the data with 
which to complete our census of the breeding herd for the present season for St. Paul. 
On all the rookeries the harems have been counted except Vostochni and Morjovi. 
These have been in part counted and in part estimated. For Tolstoi and Polovina 
Cliffs, Kitovi, Lagoon, Little Zapadni, Zapadui Reef, and Ardiguen cows as well as 
harems have been counted. As all the breeding grounds on which cows have been 
15184, PT 2 6 



counted are of the scattered bowlder beach sort, it has seemed that the average 
harem of Kitovi rookery, which is the largest consecutive breeding ground counted, 
is most nearly typical of the rookeries as a whole, and for those on which only harems 
have been counted this average is used in estimating the population of cows. This 
census is tentative and approximate only, but it seems to n't the conditions of the 
period known as the height of the season. 

Estimate of cows for St. Paul Island. 







July 13 


3 153 

July 20 


2 543 

July 13 


1 474 

July 14 

Conut of harems 


6 729 

Tolstoi (cliffs) 



1 498 

do ... 

Count of harems 


10, 085 

do .. 


2 400 

do . . 



2 256 

July 16 


5 224 

July 13 

Couot of both 




July 16 

Count of harems 



Si vutch ' Rock 

. do . .. 




July 23 



2 387 

Polovina (cliffs) 



July 23 



Northeast Point (west side) 

July 16 





12, 992 

Northeast Point (east side) 

July J6 

Count of both 


1, 194 




3, 134 

Total ... 

4 312 

69 738 


1 Altered to 67 harems and 1,090 cows by count and inspection of August 12 
JULY 24. 

Dr. Jordon and Mr. Macoun went to Northeast Point in the buckboard. 

Mr. Lucas visited Gorbatch in the morning and Kitovi in the afternoon. 
Clark visited Ardiguen. 

Weather foggy, with glimpses of the sun at intervals; westerly breezes. Ther- 
mometer 44, barometer 30.54. 


Harem A has still his 4 cows under the bank. Harem X has none, and maintains 
A's old position. Y, who had 6 cows at the last enumeration, has none to-day, but 
lies beside his rock with 2 pups. B has only 4 cows; C, 19. D has apparently 32, but 
part of them may belong to E, who seems to have been thrown out of his position and 
lies behind D. F has 15 cows. The number of pups still remains undiminished, but 
they are lower down the slide. A pod of 25 are down on the rocks so close to the 
water that the spray is breaking over them this afternoon. They were evidently 
there to meet the cows returning from the water. 

It is significant that the cow first noted with the greenish tinge on the neck is 
present again to-day, having been present on July 11), but absent on July 20. She 
has been absent four or five days, doubtless at sea. 


On Gorbatch a small fresh-looking seal, probably a yearling male, wanders about 
the harems; females snap at him and he moves oil'. There are 7 dead pups on the 
slope back of the rookery. They have probably strayed and starved. 


Young and idle bulls are lying about everywhere, and are a nuisance, as one must 
be careful not to tread on them. Bachelors of various sizes lie about at low tide in 
beds of kelp. The day is alternate sun, fog, and sunshine; the seals sleep soundly, 
and when the sun conies out fail with their hind flippers. Three idle bulls are having 
a battle. They bite, wrestle, and push, this last seeming to be the decisive point. If 
a bull gets pushed he gives up and runs. 

The seals urinate and defecate on rookeries, and the placenta? decay. No notice 
is taken of the smell by the seals. 

Events in harem life are slow, and one may watch for a long time without seeing 
anything in particular occur. 

Do the testes of the males lie in the body when the animals are not rutting! Do 
they retract after copulation, or do they continue down during the season? 1 

Seals have a poor memory; they start to do one thing, then go off and do some- 
thing else. A cow starts to seek her pup, stops to scratch and rest; by and by 
remembers the pup and begins calling and hunting again. 

A cow comes out of water and goes to rear; calls loudly; a pup comes; they 
smell each other and the pup proceeds to nurse. This smelling seems to constitute 
the recognition between mother and pup. Another wet cow drives off various pups 
which approach, but shows no desire to find her own. 

On Kitovi, a yearling is seen playing in a pod of pups; he appears to be spending 
the afternoon with them. The bull takes DO notice of him. One pup has been bitten 
on the rump and is bloody. A wet female deliberately bites two wet pups and shakes 
them; makes no effort to find her own. 

A bachelor blunders into the rookery and is expelled with great vigor; the last 
bull into whose clutches he falls is so excited that he loses his balance and falls 10 or 
15 feet from the cliff into the sea. 

A female comes out of the water calling and hunts about; a pup goes to meet her, 
but before it catches up the cow goes to another part of the rookery, sits down, and 
dries herself. After half an hour she calls again; the pup conies bleating; they smell 
each other and he proves acceptable and nurses. The pup in hunting is stupid. It 
climbs over large stones instead of going around them. Other females snap at it 
as it goes along. 


On the way to Northeast Point I took, for museum purposes, the skin of a yearling 
bachelor accidentally killed in the recent drive at Poloviua. A pod of 20 yearlings 
were seen in pond at the killing ground, where they took refuge after the drive on the 
23d and have remained since. 


Hutchinson Hill, at Northeast Point, looking north, compared with Mr. Macoun's 
photograph of July 22, 1892, shows an evident falling off'. The general line of massing 
in that year went back two or three yards farther southeast and was less broken into 
individual harems. Six small harems are now above the mass. Then there were 5 

1 See later observations iu October, showing that they are under control of the animal and are 
withdrawn at will into the body. 


large and 4 small ones. The rookery does not now go more than two-lifths of the 
distance from the shore to Townsend's cross of last year. Distant patches also seem 
smaller and do not extend up to the bank. Twenty bulls are now visible in one part 
of the mass where 30 were shown in 1892. There were 23 idle bulls in sight in 1892, 
where there are now some 30; but this is not worth much. The chief change is in the 
thinness and narrowness of the entire mass. 

In another view from a photograph of 1892 a line from point to point would cut 
off 40 harems and GOO seals from the mass. At the present time the mass falls 40 feet 
short of this line, and only 5 small isolated harems on the rocks above would be cut 
off. Along the seashore no great change is evident, but from the sand all harems 
are gone. One-third of the whole great mass west of the foot of Hutchinson Hill 
is gone. 

Looking north there is less change visible. Nine bulls are to-day about equidistant 
in a straight line running obliquely across the sands from' the foot of Hutchinson Hill 
toward the east, but all are idle except 2. In the photograph of 1892 there is shown 
a similar line of bulls in the sandy tract, all occupied and in the very midst of the 
rookery, 10 to 20 feet west of its outer edge. 

About 200 harems are west of Hutchinson Hill; 200 more in the large patches 
south of it. All the rookery masses are everywhere 30 to 50 feet short of Townsend's 

One old bull, far above the others on the slope of Hutchinson Hill, had two cows 
which were stampeded. One got away to the harem below. The bull followed the 
second one down the hill, seized her, and finally succeeded in getting her back. 
Meanwhile he roared and fairly wept, his voice telling as plainly as could be his 
feelings. Another bull attacked him and the rescued cow ran away to join the other 
in the large harem below, leaving the old fellow alone and swearing. He climbs back 
to his rock disconsolate. When a bull chases another bull, or a man, he goes only 
about 10 feet and then looks back instinctively to see what has become of his cows. 
Then the object of pursuit can get away. 

There is an enormous mass of seals under Hutchinson Hill, the largest on the 
island. Vostochui is a noble rookery, though far short of its former greatness. 


One 5-year old bull, blind of one eye and hurt in the other, is ordered killed. 
Before he can be secured 3 other bulls attack him and nearly kill him. Nowhere has 
been seen such a ferocious lot of idle bulls, some of them old and brown. Fierce 
quarrels are in progress all along the rookery line. 

The blind bull is probably G years old instead of 5. He is a noble fellow, but 
badly used and getting thin. His left eye is nearly gone on account of a cataract-like 
thickening. Eight eye entirely gone. On closer examination the eyes are found to 
have been destroyed by buckshot. We find more buckshot under the skin. The skin 
is taken for museum purposes. The coarse gray wigs have little of sealskin beauty, 
but the brown and black ones are handsome. 

There is great commotion on the rookery when we move about, but no attention 
is paid to the shooting of the bull, and when we are quiet all the idle bulls settle down 
to watch us and fan themselves in the sunshine. 


The autopsies of seals of all ages and grades show splendid visceral health. The 
only wounds are on the head, breast, and especially at the edge of the fore flipper. In 
the latter place all old bulls show scars. When the seals fight they aim to strike low 
at the angle of the fore flipper, as if knowing it to be a weak spot. 


One of the bulls that tried to kill the one we shot now lolls quietly 30 feet away, 
while the skinning is going on. He looks on with sleepy interest, no longer afraid, 
as we are not moving, nor angry, as we do not invade his grounds. He soon goes to 
sleep beside us. 

If we killed a hundred bulls and skinned them on the spot the others would not 
pay any attention. It is only our movements they fear. They have a nervous dread 
of quick movements, whether of other bulls or of men. The old bulls are made angry, 
the young ones afraid. The bachelors on hauling ground, in the rear of the rookeries, 
when alarmed rush to the rookeries, as they did when pups. This causes many of 
them to get cut and roughly handled, for the old bulls soon show them they are not 

The bull is much quicker to detect the nature of the intruder than the cow, which 
fears man chiefly when he is moving. A bachelor seal can often be surprised when 
asleep, and the surprise is sometimes mutual, as a big fellow starts up unexpectedly 
from behind a rock and dashes away in great haste. If it is an old bull that is 
surprised he will plunge at you, but before he has gone 10 feet he will turn about to 
see what his cows are doing. Then you can get away, for after he has once looked 
back he goes no farther. He will turn from an intruder to intercept the flight of his 
cows. This he does by snorting, growling, blowing out his musky breath, by seizing 
the cow and bending her neck backward to the ground, or by seizing her by the back 
and tossing her over his head. The cows are afraid to leave when the bull exhorts in 
this way, and during the period when the harems are well defined the cows are more 
afraid of the bull than of any intruder; but after July 20, when the cows have become 
impregnated, their fear of the bull passes away and the older ones do as they please, 
running away when frightened. Later on the young cows also become more 
independent. When a cow wants to go and the bull interposes she bites him in the 
neck. For the most part he takes it patiently enough, though sometimes the fur 
comes away with the cow's sharp teeth. 


North of Hutchinson Hill is a mighty hauling ground, with thousands of bachelors 
still on it. Once across the whole end of the island was an immense parade ground. 
A huge sea lion is seen asleep on the rocks with a drove of bachelors about him. 

From the hauling ground and leading to the water is a great neutral belt of beach 
line, similar to that occupied by harems, but left open to the passing bachelors. 

About 20 sea-lion pups are lying on a rocky shelf close to the sea, where the surf 
breaks over them. About 10 dead ones are cast up on the beach. Adult sea lions 
are more shy and the pups more defenseless than seal pups. Bulls as well as cows 
take to the water when disturbed and stay there bellowing, the cow much like that 
of a bull seal, but the tone is flatter, and the pups with very heavy flat voices. The 
sea-lion pups soon grow calm. There is considerable variation in their size. Two or 
three of the largest ones are twice as bis: as the smaller ones. 


Thirty other sea-lion pups are seen on another rocky shelf. They are very heavily 
built and have long noses. One has several bad cuts. They swim rather clumsily 
yet. The sea-lion cows lie out in the surf and bellow and groan. They are usually 
together in groups of three or four. 

The sea-lion rookery of the west side was also visited. A bull and 9 cows 
plunge into the water on sight of us. They swim about bellowing with fear. The 
pups, as large as yearling seals, remain on the rocks and bleat. Their color is a rich 
brown ; that of the adults a rich creamy white. The pups are shiny, with rolls of fat 
under the skin, and lie huddled on the rocks where the spray breaks. 

One element at least in the extinction of the great Sivutch (Eumetopias stelleri) 
is the superfluity of bulls, that fight with tremendous force. Behind the two sea-lion 
rookeries were some 12 dead pups, nearly as large as yearling seals, high on the rocks. 
Jacob Kochuten says that they were killed by fighting bulls, which must be the 
case. 1 Three of them were crushed under great stones weighing 50 to 100 pounds 
each, " kicked up by bulls," according to Jacob. Certainly they were not thrown on 
them by the surf. Two or three others had bled pools of blood from their noses, which 
points to crushing rather than drowning as a cause of death. 2 

One Sivutch pup recently dead seems emaciated, as though it had starved to 
death. Its skin is saved for museum purposes. 


Up to a certain point in polygamy, the less bulls the more pups. The wise 
breeder would not turn a herd of 100 fighting bulls into a herd of 100 cows. 

I go to the windward side of 500 sleeping bachelors and not far away. So long 
as I go quietly they pay no attention. I do not believe much in the acuteness of their 
sense of smell. If a man does not move, they care no more for him than for a sea lion. 
I sit down on a log within two rods of the harems and the cows pay no attention to 
me. The bull was much disturbed by my approach, but lies down and pants. The 
half bulls and idle bulls pant loudly on the drives, but the bulls always pant, even 
while going about their domestic duties. 

Three water bulls come up behind me out of curiosity. These water bulls are 
very inquisitive. But no one is alarmed while I remain quiet, though on the wind- 
ward side. It is the rushing of the half bulls into the harems that causes most of 
the commotion. The old bulls promptly collar them and throw them out. 

One stray pup among the bachelors is cut in the rump, as though bitten. He is 
growing poor, but is sturdy and quarrelsome and wants no nonsense. I have to leave 
him to starve. A dead seal pup lies beside two dead sea-lion pups, far from any 
rookery. Probably tossed up by the surf after death. 

Seven more dead pups are ou the sand beach further on, with 2 more sea-lion pups 
and a half bull. All have probably been washed in by the surf from the neighboring- 
harems. Three small dead pups were seen on the slope of Hutchinson Hill. One lay 
among the bachelors not emaciated. One dead pup was seen at the edge of the 
harems to the north of the Hill. 

1 It remains yet to be determined whether these dead pups were not killed by the worm, 
Uncinaria. This sea-lion rookery occupies a sandy area in part. The pups here were too long dead 
in 1897 to determine the cause of death. 

4 Bleeding at the nose may be caused by Uncinaria. 



Sea Lion Neck is a rocky reef with a few hareins on either side. At its tip are 3 
huge sea-lion bulls. Five sea-lion cows are swimming in the water. One bull goes 
jn and one sits on a rock and looks at me. The third sleeps behind. One female lands. 
Several pups are on the rocks and in the surf. The female sea lion seems larger than 
the bull seal, but she is slimmer. The bull is immense, as large as a horse. The 
females come near the shore to see the pups. These huge cream white beasts are very 
interesting. Eight more dead sea-lion pups are seen. There seems to be a very great 
waste among them. The pups are far from the sea on the back of the reef. All are 
rotting. One or two are emaciated; the rest not. Two or three are in the surf below 
the high tide. I do not see more than 20 live pups on the rookery. Ten more are 
near the rookery itself; with them are 1 male and 2 female sea lions. 

The mother sea lions seem alarmed, but ineffective. The living pups are now on 
the rocks close to the water; some are in the water. But all of the dead ones lie on 
a tract of ground discolored by excrement, evidently the original rookery. Four 
emaciated male pups are skinned and saved as specimens. Evidently, from the waste 
of its pups, the Sivutch is not long for this earth. 

The sandy beach below Walrus Bight is strewn with bones of whale, walrus, and 
sea lions, seals and mighty animals. It makes one sick to see this evidence of waste 
of splendid marine life. Why not let the walrus and sea lions alone? We shall never 
see their like again. 


A little blue fox comes within a rod of me and circles about me as I stand still. 
He is a jolly little knave. He goes twice around, each time a little nearer, the third 
time coming near enough to snap several times at my shoe. I sit so as to prevent him 
from grabbing my leg, which he would prefer, but dares not touch. He circles around 
several times more, then lies down behind me, biting again at my shoe, which he finds 
hard. When I move away and sit down he circles around again, and seemed pained 
and disappointed when I finally leave. No other animal has such a cold, calculating, 
selfish eye as the fox. 

North of Sea Lion: Neck is a densely crowded mass of seals on a low slope strewn 
with very large bowlders. It is full of quarreling bulls and surrounded by several 
lines of idle bulls. It is a fine rookery which has evidently seen better days. It is 
very hard to inspect, except around the edges. There are no cliffs, and an easy 
descent leads to the reef of huge bowlders which constitutes the seashore. There is 
a noble hauling ground around it. The ground is black with pups and mossy with 
bull wigs above the brown cows. Five hundred square feet close by has 50 seals in 
all; 12 cows, 2 bulls, and 42 pups 9 feet each; but this is closer than the average. 
This great patch is thicker behind and on the edges than on the middle. 


South of Sea Lion Neck 2 dead pups are seen in the sand among bachelors. 
Three have been washed up on the beach, with 5 dead sea-lion pups. These are some 


of the lot from which Professor Thompson took skulls. One is fresh enough to skin. 
One dead female fur seal with unborn pup has been washed up with them. On 
examination she is found to have been shot through the back. Six young sea lions, 
1 yearling male seal, and 4 seal pups have been washed up at the south end of the 
beach. Nine more dead sea-lion pups are counted; 2 or 3 have starved to death, 
the rest drowned. The starved pups can be distinguished by the absence of 
fat. They are the only ones not too rotten to examine. There are 5 more dead pups by 
this sea-lion rookery, big enough now to swim well. The sea-lion pups learn to swim 
in the great rollers. About 20 young ones are bleating "b-a-a-a," not "b-a-a-a" like 
the seals. Finally the whole rookery stampedes to the sea. The male sea lion is four 
times the size of the female. His girth about the shoulders is enormous. He has a 
face like that of a St. Bernard dog. He seems more gentle but less quick than the 
bull seal and has vastly greater strength. 

A stampede of sea lions is worse than one of seals, but they do not get away so 
quickly. The whole herd, large and small, is now in the sea together, roaring, 
leaping dolphin-fashion, quite like the seals, the young not so well. They open the 
mouth very wide when bellowing. Their mouths larger than those of seals; jaws and 
teeth stronger. The natives save the large intestines of the sea lion to make water- 
tight uppers for their shoes. The sea lions go south in the winter. Their pups are 
born earlier than the seal pups, in the latter part of May. 

Natives say that the sea lions fight much worse than bull seals. Ten to 20 cows 
each is the size of the harems, and they have the same general habits as the fur seals. 
In their tights they cut gashes in each other a foot long. The sea-lion bulls are said 
to go away after the middle of July. They have not gone yet. 


A fresh cow floated in to-day on the beach below Sea Lion Neck and was skinned 
by the guard. She had been lately killed by buckshot, there being bloody shot holes 
in the neck. Evidently pirates are already abroad. The carcass was examined and 
the cow found to be lean and in milk, but not much milk evident. She seemed to be 
an old cow, from what I could tell by the ovaries, which were somewhat injured by 
the rude dissection of the skinner. I find shot holes through the oesophagus, in one 
side and out the other; also a shot hole through the glottis and one in the pericardium. 
The heart was full of clotted blood. The stomach was empty. The flesh was 
perfectly fresh, not more than a day or so dead. The cow died near the shore and 
was washed up on the beach. She was perhaps shot at some distance away and 
became worn out by long swimming. The skin was salted and taken in evidence of 
poaching in July from some quarter. 

JULY 25. 

Mr. Clark, Mr. Lucas, and Professor Thompson witnessed the killing on the vil- 
lage grounds. Dr. Jordan returned from Northeast Point. Mr. Macoun photographed 
Kitovi and Lukanin rookeries. In the afternoon Mr. Lucas and Professor Thompson 
visited Tolstoi. 

Weather was foggy in the forenoon with occasional glimpses of the sun; 
westerly winds; thermometer 44 ; barometer 30.62. 



The drive this morning was from Zoltoi Sands, the Reef, Kitovi, and Lukanin. 
The seals from Zoltoi -Sands were already sufficiently rested by 4 o'clock, so that 
killing; began at that time. 

Upwards of 500 were killed at the edge of the ground on which the former 
killings took place. The rejected ones went back to the sea on the east side. In the 
first pod turned oft' was a cow, the mate of the one shot on Zoltoi Sands a day or two 
ago. She is said to be the first female seen in a drive the present season. She caused 
the clubbers considerable trouble, being very fierce and unmanageable. 

At 7 o'clock work was suspended for breakfast and the various pods of the seals 
were driven into the lake to cool off and then rounded up on the shore to rest. After 
breakfast the scene of the killing was changed to a point nearer the lake to shorten 
the distance, the weather having turned out warm. The escaping pods were now 
allowed to return to the sea at the village angle of Zoltoi Sands. Later on another 
shift was made to the shore of the lake. Some of the pods went off to Zoltoi, but 
most of them swam the length of the lake and crossing the neck entered the sea at 
the cove in front of the lagoon. 

Some of the yearlings, of which there was an unusual number, were examined to 
ascertain whether or not the yearling females herded with the yearling males, but 
all were found to be males. 

Two seals were found with shot; one contained ordinary buckshot and the other 
two irregular slugs each as large as two grains of buckshot. Agent Crowley turned 
over 13 buckshot which had been taken from the seals at the Northeast Point killing 
on the 21st instant. 

The seals seemed more irritable and fierce this morning than at the former 
killings. The percentage of little fellows was very much greater, and these, while 
showing all the fierceness of the older ones, had less appreciation of necessity of 
getting away, and were therefore harder to manage. One little fellow seemed 
determined not to be driven off. He remained through the killing of two pods and 
fought all the time. He then ran back to the herd and was brought up a third time 
with just as much fight in him as ever. Finally he forgot himself long enough to get 
out of range. 

Frequently these yearlings would return several rods, leaving the escaping pod 
and taking up their places among the dead. They are quite as difficult to handle as 
the half bulls. One little fellow seemed bound to remain on the killing ground, and 
when one of the clubbers took him by a hind flipper and threw him several yards into 
the row of dead carcasses he immediately started back, but in the meantime part of 
the pod had been worked off and he turned back and went off' with the escaping ones. 

One yearling received a blow on the nose while the killing was going on at the 
lake shore. After a good deal of hesitation he entered the water, but came swimming 
back to the point from which he started as though dazed. His nose was bleeding 
audit was thought it might be necessary to kill him. But when it was finally decided 
to do so he turned sharply about and swam off to join his companions as if nothing 
had happened. 

A half bull was stunned by a blow on the nose and lay apparently dead for a few 
minutes, then recovered and seemed willing to fight it out. He was with difficulty 



forced into the water, his nose bleeding profusely. The seal's nose in his weak spot. 
A slight blow there produces great discomfiture for the time being. 

Numerous escaping seals showed bloody marks, but it was blood from the noses 
of their dead companions. Several were seen to be struck accidentally with the clubs. 
But the number did not exceed a dozen in a killing of over 1,600, and aside from those 
instances noted none of the injuries were serious. A seal too old to kill was seen in 
one of the escaping batches having a blind eye, evidently one of the "moon-eyes" 
referred to by Elliott. His blindness did not impair his ability to fight, and the fact 
that he could not see on one side of his head enabled him to very effectively stampede 
the clubbers. 

The drive from Lukanin showed a marked excess of yearlings. In the earlier 
drives these yearlings do not appear, and in the later drives Lukanin sends in an 
overwhelming majority of them. 

The following is a tally of a number of typical pods ol escaping seals, distinguishing 
between large and small. The large ones were half bulls over 4 years of age; the 
small ones were mostly yearlings with some 2-year-olds. 

A number of pods from Zoltoi ran as follows: 













9 1 

13 2 




























A number from the Lukanin, as follows: 


























i 11 
















Beyond this point it could not be clearly distinguished from what point the 
particular pods were drawn, as they had all been turned into the lake to cool and had 
become mixed. But it is safe to say that when the pods got to running again, as 
below, they were from Lukanin : 


































1 17 



































These specimen pods will be sufficient to show the general proportion of those 
rejected on the killing grounds. There were rejected 1,008 big and 1,177 little seals; 
1,030 all told were killed. The total drive therefore numbered 3,815 animals. These 
were driven up without the loss of a single one, as an examination of the driveway 



Another cow was washed OD shore this morning near Sea Lion Neck. This one 
had been dead somewhat longer than the preceding. She was very fat and had a 
large unborn pup. A number of buckshot holes in the back and sides show the cause 
of death. This skin was salted and retained in evidence of poaching. 

A little pod of yearlings swam about together all day in Webster Lake. They 
slept on its banks at night. These young males seem to enjoy life greatly. To 
the carcasses of the thousands of their kind on the banks of the lake they pay no 

Three cormorants and 7 little auks, each with a quill over his ear, its root near 
the glassy unintelligent eye, sat silently together on the rocks and let me approach 
them within 15 feet, when all but 2 of the cormorants flew away. I left these in peace, 
having no grudge against them. 

Coming home I watched a pod of yearlings turn from the drive into the village cove; 
they go slowly until in deep water, then string out in long procession, dolphin-like, 
They are from Zoltoi Reef and Lukanin, but all turn to the left around Spilki and 
pay no attention to the neighboring Lagoon rookery. They are out of sight in about 
four minutes, the distance being about half a mile. 


It is evidently impossible to make an accurate census of the seals on St. Paul 
Island, because, on the great rookeries, as the Reef, Gorbatch, Tolstoi, and Zapadni, 
one can neither estimate nor count the cows. Nor can one do it at Polovina, because 
there is no point of view where the whole rookery is visible. Even the bulls can be 
only roughly estimated. On Northeast Point there are long strips which can not 
well be seen from the land, and the surf and the great distance from St. Paul village 
preclude a survey from the sea. Besides, the two great masses, one on the slope of 
Hutchinson Hill ( Vostochni) and the other on Walrus Bight (Morjovi), are so situated 
that even the bulls can only be counted approximately. 

At the time of our first enumeration on Kitovi, Tolstoi, and the Lagoon, the rook- 
eries were at their height, with more cows present than at any time since. But all 
were not in and no yearlings nor 2-years olds had appeared. Nor am I sure that any 
have appeared since, unless yearling cows are among the bachelors. 1 have never 
seen one, and am not sure that I have seen a 2-year-old. 

True's estimate was honestly and carefully made, but I believe it to be too low for 
the year. The rookeries in question were less dense than the average, with smaller 
harems, and more cows were absent than he thought. Besides, by enumerating them 
as present when they were not, he omitted the virgin cows. No count gets quite all 
the cows, not even on Tolstoi Bluffs, the most accessible. True's estimate has the 
value that he assigns to it; no more. There are not and never have been millions of 
cows, nor are they so reduced as to be measured by a few thousands. There may be 
75,000 to 100,000.' Adding the still absent virgins there may be 120,000, but it is 

'This was on the supposition that at the time the cows were counted practically all were 


As to the bachelors, such as were killable have been killed and counted, 30,000 in 
all. There are some 5,000 bulls in active service, half as many idle bulls 6 years old 
or more, and some 15,000, more or less, of half bulls, wigging 4-year-olds, and wigged 
5-year-olds. Of these there are many specimens of splendid sealhood, robust and 
strong, besides a number of lean and poor ones, hurt somehow cut by bulls, or with 
buckshot concealed in their bodies. Then there are yearlings and 2-year-olds, 30,000 
or more altogether; no one can guess how many, as they come and go at will. As to 
the pups, there is one for each female thus far present on the rookeries. If exceptions 
exist, they will pass away in a few days, for there are no barren cows. 

Perhaps the bachelors on Northeast Point do not roam back to the southern 
rookeries. If not, one can roughly estimate the proportion of cows on this great 
rookery by the known number of bachelors taken there. But this could not be 
absolute. About Kitovi and Lagoon few old bachelors stay. Tolstoi has very many 
and Lukanin more than its proportion compared with Kitovi. No drives are made 
from the Lagoon at all. It is almost exclusively a residence region. 

JULY 27. 

Heavy wind and rain all day yesterday made it impossible to get upon the 

Mr. Lucas and Professor Thompson attended the killing at Tolstoi this morning. 
Dr. Jordan visited Gorbatch rookery in the forenoon, and in company with Mr. Clark 
and Mr. Lucas went to Lukanin and Kitovi in the afternoon. 


There is not much going on at Gorbatch rookery to-day. Many seals are in the 
sea and the water front is deserted. Pods of pups are paddling in sheltered pools of 
water out of reach of the surf. This is the first time the pups have been seen by us 
in the water. Many pups are asleep flat among the rocks. One dead pup, evidently 
crushed, is seen; it has the placenta attached. 

A cow lies on the rock and calls her pup from below. She has a peculiar voice 
and the pup comes for some distance. He can not get up to her and she is too lazy 
to move. Though close to her she pays no attention to me. She seems to expect her 
pup to do what is impossible climb up 10 feet of almost vertical rock. The pup's hair 
parts in the wet, showing the skin; it feels uncomfortable. The cow finally climbs 
down. When she gets down the bull makes a fuss. The wet weather makes him 
cross. He begins teasing another cow, but soon goes to sleep. The cows make their 
pups come to them. They hardly move an inch in search of them. The pup is allowed 
to nurse by the sleepy cow and he looks perfectly happy. 

The white, half-albino 6-year-old bull is on the south end of Gorbatch close above 
the earlier harems. He has a family now. He is a beauty, evidently just beginning 
to feel his importance. It is a pleasure to see him on his first entrance into society. 
May his tribe increase. It braces up his courage amazingly to have 4 cows to look 
after, and it apparently does not make any difference to him that all the pups under 
his charge are black. Old bulls rarely touch the little bachelors that are not wigged, 
but are very savage with the wigged ones. 

On the steep wet incline at the western end of Gorbatch the animals slip and 
slide about. When the bulls fight on the cinder slope they roll down it; even the 


pups slide like the rest. Xo dead ones are to be seen. The pups about here are in 
lively pods. They are probably all born by this time, though one placenta is noticed 
which is apparently fresh. 

Two sea lions are on the point now. Both are apparently bulls and fast asleep. 
The seals lie close by without paying any attention to them. Sea-lion excrement is 
abundant and chalky in color, like a mixture of plaster and water; this appearance 
probably due to the undigested shells of crabs. 

The hind flipper of the seal often rests on the fore. It has separate toes connected 
by a membrane. The eye of the seal is one-third the length of muzzle, not far behind 
the cleft of the mouth. The mustache is twice as long as the muzzle. 

Ten "harbor" seals (Phoca vitulina) of mottled white, with some young ones of 
darker color among them, lie on Gorbatch Point. As I look at them they take to the 
water. Their senses seem much more acute than those of the fur seals, and they drop 
off' into the water and melt away like snowflakes when one looks at them. 


The drive from Polovina to Stony Point, described by Stejneger and True last 
year, is the last long drive which has been made. The killings at Poloviiia are now 
made on the margin of a pond about one fourth of a mile away from the hauling 
ground; those at Zapadni, near Lake Anton; those at Tolstoi, near Ice House Lake. 
At the Northeast Point killings are made at two places, one on the east side of Webster 
Lake, the other on the west side near Cross Hill. Seals from the Eeef, Zoltoi, Kitovi, 
and Lukaniu are killed on the village ground between Zoltoi and East Landing. The 
drive from the tip of the Eeef is about a mile long, the longest on St. Paul Island; 
that from Lukanin three-fourths of a mile; Kitovi less; Zoltoi one-fourth of a mile. 
The drive from Staraya Artel on St. George is longer, over 2 miles, but it is over level 
ground, with ponds at intervals in which the animals can cool off. The hardest piece of 
driveway on St. Paul is that crossing Zoltoi Sands from the Eeef. This is due to the 
softness of the sands. The rocks offer little difficulty to the movements of the seals, 
and the grassy stretches, which are easy going for them, make up the greater part of 
the driveways. Xo drives are made from the scanty hauling grounds of Lagoon 
rookery, or from Sivutch Eock, or from beyond Zapadui Point. 


Two little dead pups were seen on Lukauin, evidently crushed to death. 
Nine-tenths of the dead pups seen thus far have had the umbilical cord attached. 
They have been crushed soon after birth. Other instances of death, resulting from 
wandering among the bachelors and from drowning, have been rare up to date. 

A single cow is located to day with a bull at the southern end of Kitovi, where 
the lone and apparently starving pup was picketi up two or three days ago by Mr. 
Clark. The pup was, at that time, carried to the nearest harem, in hope that it might 
h'nd its way back to its mother. The mother has apparently found it and brought it 
back to the original place, for it looks like the same pup. The cow was first seen with 
her pup on shore alone. They were lying close to the Avater's edge. On the approach 
of Dr. Jordan the cow fled to the sea. He carried the pup back above reach of the surf. 
Before she came back the pup was found alone and supposed to be lost. It was 
carried some rods away to the nearest Kitovi harem. The mother has brought it 


back, and in the meantime lias been taken in charge by a beacb master.. A pup with 
sore eyelids, probably caused by the intrusion of sand, was also seen. 

The harem system is now largely broken up. Pictures of the rookeries taken 
July 25 and after show nothing of the real extent of the rookeries in the breeding 
season, as the wandering of pups scatters the cows, and an increasing number of them 
are in the water, while many new ones have come to form harems around the idle bull. 
The cows can probably remain away longer now, as the pups become older. 

This evening the guard reports 4 dead cows on shore of the breeding ground at 


Mr. Lucas witnessed a portion of the killing from Tolstoi rookery. In nis 
estimation it would hardly be practicable to drive up smaller pods to the clubbers. 
Single seals are more courageous and fight worse than when in groups podded 
together. Large droves of seals are readily intimidated; uothiug can be done with a 
single seal of any age when brought to bay. 

One seal among the killed has the fat of orange color. Natives ascribe this to 
having fed on salmon. It may be due to having fed on Crustacea. Dr. Voss, the 
island physician, thinks the coloration is due to biliary trouble or jaundice. Nothing 
was found in the animal's stomach. 

Mr. Lucas examined a number of other stomachs at Tolstoi, but found nothing- 
save thick mucus, in one case nearly a pint. Professor Thompson also opened a 
number with the same result. And yet excrement is to be seen scattered over the 
hauling grounds, appears on the drives, arid is found in the large intestines of the seals 


Old bulls are hauling out on Middle Hill and thereabouts. Some of them look 
pretty thin. They go back from the water and sleep in the sands and among the 
rocks. Tolstoi Sands seems to be a cemetery for old bulls, as many bones are to be 
found strewn about. 

The guard has just brought down from Northeast Point the skins of 2 cows dead 
from buckshot wounds, noted on the 25th, on Morjovi near Sea Lion Neck. The 2 
skins have been preserved as evidence of shooting in Bering Sea before August 1. 
These 2 skins, together with the wounded cow 011 Polovina, seen on July 23 with 
apparently 2 shot holes in her back, show pretty conclusively the presence of pelagic 
sealers even at this date. The wounded cow at Polovina was just out of the water. 
The two cows 1 at Northeast Point were found on the beach on the morning of July 24. 


Harem B has 5 cows and many pups. Harem C has hauled back on the grass out 
of the muddy place where he belongs. There are 53 cows with him, evidently part of 

1 It may be noted that the schooner Aurora, seized later by the Rush for having shot skins on 
board, with unsealed guns and ammunition, was in Bering Sea at this time. She was released by the 
courts, it not being proved that the shot holes in the skins had been made by the crew of the vessel 
in question. 


them A's. D lies alone below his place with 1 cow. Other cows are scattered along 
the muddy slide. A is asleep in his later place with 3 cows. E is gone altogether. 
He was found thrown out of his position on July 21. F is in his place with 8 cows. 
G is asleep away below ; 9 cows are scattered about where he belongs. X. has no cows 
and is above A's old place. Y is gone altogether, unless a lone bull on the edge of the 
clitt'is he. The green-necked cow with her pup is with A. It is not known whether 
she has been absent since the 20th, when she was last seen. Two wet cows come in 
slowly and creep up the slide, bleating very loudly, shaking their heads. There is 
nothing going on at the water front. The few wet bulls are inactive. 

A cow selects a pup from D and repels 2 others. A large pup comes from above 
down the wet slide to meet the mother, and they crawl slowly up to D. Other pups 
look anxiously at each wet cow. 

JULY 28. 

Professor Thompson, Mr. Lucas, and Colonel Murray went to St. George on the 
Corwin to make further investigation of the rookeries there. Mr. Macouu photographed 
Polovina rookery. Dr. Jordan visited Gorbatch and the Reef. 


A wet cow came in from the sea; her pup comes down to the lowest rock to meet 
her. She sees me and goes right back into the water, leaving her hungry, crying pup 
at the water's edge. A bull which seems young plunges into the water after the cow, 
but he is not to be the master of the household. A pup is dead on the rocks above 
the harem. It has a broken scalp with pus oo/dng out. Perhaps this pup belonged 
to the cow shot some days ago on Zoltoi Sands while consorting with a half bull. The 
harem is located only a short distance from this point. 

The cow which deserted her pup a few minutes ago bleats in the water, and the 
pup answers, but will not go into the water. I retire and the cow comes in, going 
high up on the rocks with her pup. When one passes a harem now the brown, rusty 
cows leave for the water and the bull offers little resistance. It is chiefly the silvery 
cows that remain. 

There are more than 50 pups paddling to day near the green striped bowlder that 
looks like a watermelon. This is the place where pups were noticed in the water 
yesterday for the first time. 


The mortality from natural causes in 1,000 pups probably cannot exceed: ' 

(a) One killed by cows (overestimated). 

(/>) One killed or led oft' by foxes (overestimated). 

(c) Eight from being crushed to death by bulls while very young; this has caused 
half the deaths so fur. 

(d) Two from being drowned. 

1 We allow the following notes on pup mortality to stand as written. It illustrates the difference 
between qualitative and quantitative work. No actual count was then possible. A later count showed 
that 70 to 80 in a thousand have been trampled while young, the other causes being all of trifling 
importance. (This foot note, made iu 1896, must be again revised and corrected in light of the 
discovery of the parasitic worm in 1897. ) 

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(e) Three from starvation due to straying. 

(/) Two from being carried off by bachelors. 

Estimate of 17 in all in 1,000, or 1.7 per cent. 

One pup has been seen with sore eyes, but this can hardly be considered a cause 
of mortality. Not more than 1 in 50 die naturally, which is certainly a high estimate 
up to date. 


The white semi albino half bull which has been seen on Zoltoi and which is out 
this morning is not the same as the white 6-year-old at Gorbatch; but both are 
beauties. The Zoltoi bull is a 5-year-old. He is not nearly so white as the other. He 
is rather yellowish gray over dusky under fur. The 5-year-olds generally seem to be 
getting lean. They are much larger and less plump than 4-year-olds. They have 
smaller heads. Five years seems to be the "hobbledehoy" age with them. Four- 
year-olds look like 3 year olds, except for their incipient bristles. 

Two wounded 5-year-olds are out on Zoltoi; one with a shoulder out of joint, 
another with an injured back. Another 4-year old in rather feeble condition is blind 
in one eye. 

Buckshot will probably be found to be the cause of injury in many such cases. 
The drives rarely or never produce such injuries, and injuries from falls are very few. 
Accidental wounds by the clubs on the killing grounds are also very rare 
Wounds in fights with other bulls are mainly on the shoulders, breast, and head. Of 
the injured bulls and half bulls that lie about the sands at Zoltoi and Polavina probably 
10 are injured by buckshot to 1 that is seriously hurt by fighting or by falling or by 
driving. The cuts of the bulls are rarely more than skin deep and seem to heal 
quickly. Buckshot breaks the bones and tears the viscera. 

The bull with the injured back is ordered shot for museum purposes. He is about 
10 years old. Examination shows a large unhealed hernia before the right hip. Jacob 
Kochuteu says that he has been bitten. 


The tired old bulls are already beginning to pull out on the beaches, having 
finally given up hope of getting on the rookeries. They may be seen on Zoltoi Sands 
and on Lukauin and Polaviua sand beaches. We are told that many of them will die 
before the season is over. They will go to sleep on the sand and simply not wake up. 
The sand will drift over them as they lie. 1 

In the afternoon Dr. Jordan visited the salt house and saw the process of curing 
the skins. The skins are first taken to the salt house and spread out in tiers one above 
another with salt shoveled over them. After about five or six days they are taken out 
and examined for places where the salt did not take effect. They are resalted, the 
order of the skins being reversed. After ten or twelve days they are again taken out 

1 It is evident that these bulls were those which had done duty on the rookeries and withdrawn 
at or near the close of the season. They had probably already been to the sea to feed. They were 
seen in increasing numbers throughout the rest of the season. The idle bulls which temporarily took 
their places on the breeding grounds also joined them later in the season. These were in no sense 
animals which had withdrawn to die. They recovered their wonted condition, and were to be seen by 
the thousand on English Bay, North Shore, and Lukauin beaches until the end of October. 


aiid tied in bandies of 2 skins each, ready for shipment to San Francisco, where they 
are repacked in barrels for shipment to London. 

Mr. Macoun reported to night that pups were seen, by him playing in sheltered 
pools of water at Polovina rookery to-day. The time of going into the water is 
probably not dependent upon the age of the pup, except perhaps in the case of the 
few that act as leaders. When these have tried the water doubtless pups of all ages 
within sight follow their example. At least the pods seem to contain little fellows 
as well as big ones. 


I made a short visit to North rookery with Professor Thompson. It has spread 
considerably, the extension backward and uphill being noticeable. Pups in two 
places are playing in the water. This is in advance of St. Paul. 1 

One fresh placenta is seen. 

Are the bulls darker colored here than on St. Paul? 

The harem that contained 135 cows on July 9 now has only a moderate number. 
Some distance inland and up the hill is a new harem with a considerable number of 
cows. A bull in an adjoining harem who had only a few cows at the earlier date has 
now a full share. 

There seeni to be several small fresh cows among the others. Are these the 
virgin cows, or merely undersized! 3 

JULY 29. 

Dr. Jordan visited Zoltoi and the Eeef in the morning, and in the afternoon with 
Mr. Macoun and Mr. Clark went to Tolstoi. 

The strong southwest gale continues with great surf. The air seems warmer than 
usual, and it is difficult to see because of the blinding tnist. 


On Zoltoi numerous instances of excrement were noted. The normal excrement 
of the bachelors is yellow, firm in texture, with no evident composition. One bull, 
perhaps an old one, voided liquid yellowish excrement. It is ill scented, abundant 
with many nematode worms 1 to 3 inches long. The worms are preserved in formalin. 
Some examples of excrement have dark clayey colors, no texture. 

The surf is breaking very high on the beach of Gorbatch, where the pups were 
swimming yesterday. None of the pups are in the water to day. The seals seem to 
be simply putting in their time till the storm is over. 


The bull in harem A is asleep on the flat rock. There are two cows and a large 
pod of pups about them, rolling and biting one another in the neck and flippers. B 
has 13 scattered cows. A "water bull" (Z) has come up and tried to establish 

1 See notes for St. Paul of to-day, both by Dr. Jordan and Mr. Macoun. The coincidence is 

-See observations on St. Paul, which culminated on August 1 in proving these small cows to be 
virgin 2-year-olds. 

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himself, having apparently observed the disappearance of K. D is indifferent and 
half asleep down toward F, with whom he has a wordy discussion. 1) has 8 cows, 
and they squabble a good deal. A's green-necked cow is down in D. 1 The water 
bull remains for a time in E, where there are 3 cows. D is near him and attempts to 
drive him out, but both seem very sleepy. Twenty eight cows are with C, who is 
pretty active. X is behind him with none. Y is well back, with 1 cow. Another 
bull well behind Y has 1 cow. Y is very fierce. F is active and has 9 cows. E is 
gone. Two weeks ago Z would have been skinned alive if he dared enter the harems 
as he does. He tries again to go up to C, who uses strong language. A is pretty lean. 
C makes a heavy lunge into a pod of pups and stands on the flipper of one, which pulls 
and pulls and can not get away until the bull moves. 


Six little cows in a harem at the rear of Reef rookery stampede. In a short 
while they come back to the bull in a body. A stray pup is seen among the bachelors 
in the runway near by. He is very fierce. I carry him back toward the harem. He 
tries to follow me away. When touched he bites savagely. There is a single old cow 
in a harem with a young bull on the hauling ground. Perhaps the lost pup is hers. 

The wedge-shaped patch of seals is now far beyond Townsend's crosses, within 
150 feet of the limit shown by Macoun's photograph of 1892. There has been a great 
spreading backward on the rookery within a few days. Many bulls which at first 
were idle now have harems. These harems are evidently formed from late-coming 
cows, mostly young ones. 

A bull near the hauling ground has a single cow. In these outer harems, which 
are large, there are few pups, but some of the cows seem old. Perhaps the pups are 
podded farther back. Still there are many idle bulls, and they are fierce. 

The household life in the great patches is different from what it is under the cliffs. 
Very few wet cows are here, and not nearly so many silvery ones. It will be some 
time yet before these pups learn to swim, they are so far from the sea. 

The patch north of the dry pond is now about even with the cross. There are 
hundreds of pups around the stone on which the cross is painted. There is no sign 
of virgins here. There are as many pups as cows, if not more. The bulls are very 
quarrelsome. The cows seem wilder here, and there are more single harems along the 
edge of the bachelors with whom the cows are more mixed up. When the bachelors 
stampede, however, the cows always fall behind under the influence of the bull. 

Evidently the cows in the rookeries most visited Gorbatch, Lukanin, and 
Kitovi are less wild than the others. Those along the west side of the parade 
ground are very wild, because not near the drive and almost never visited. 

Three starved pups lie on the hauling ground. A stray pup is among the 
bachelors. The bachelors tend to hug the edge of the rookery, much to the 
annoyance of the observer. It takes an Aleut or an old bull to keep them off. 

There is a good deal of fighting going on. There are some splendid 5-year-olds 
here. There is a big dead bull lying on the ground occupied by the idle bulls. He 
has been long dead. 

1 She was present oil the 19th; absent on the 20th ; present on the 24th and again on the 27th. 


An old bull snarls at a pup and rolls him over endwise. The pup seems to stand 
it well enough. It is wonderful how tough they are. 

Nothing resembling virgins are yet seen except in the harem of 6 cows first 
mentioned. This bull finally loses all his cows but one. She is broad headed, like a 
yearling bachelor. One of the neeing cows is taken in charge by another bull. Her 
owner tries to regain her, but can not. 


Tolstoi rookery was inspected this afternoon for dead pups. This is the rookery 
upon which the dead pups of 1892 were recorded by Mr. Macoun. 

The rookery lies in part upon a sandy area of considerable extent back from the 
water's edge and in part on ledges of rocks under steep cliffs. It was on the sandy 
part that the great mortality was noted. Above the sandy stretch there are many 
harems located upon the long rocky slope covered with large bowlders. 

When the rookery was first visited this year the harems were closely packed 
along the edge of the water and under the edge of the rocky slope, leaving much of 
the sand bare. At the point where the mass was thickest a cliff forming a projecting 
angle of the slope juts into the sandy tract. From this angle to the sand beach was 
a great wedge-shaped mass around which the bachelors hauled to get in behind. 
From this mass most of the harems now to be found above have come, though a part 
of them have come up over the rocky cliff at accessible points. When the rookery 
was first seen the entire upper space was covered and held by idle bulls. 


As in 1892, so to day, this rookery shows the largest number of dead pups on St. 
Paul, and it shows its excess of mortality about this jutting cliff and on the sandy 
beach at the point where the greatest mass of seals was located. 1 This area of sand 
is now covered black with pups, and scattered over it are a large number of dead pups 
flattened out or partially covered with sand. With a glass from a position just above 
the green cliff and near one of Mr. Townsend's crosses 88 dead pups are counted. It 
is possible that a number are hidden among the masses of living pups, as in many 
cases they are playing about and over their dead companions. One hundred would 
probably be a fairer estimate. 2 

At the angle before spoken of where the seals were thickest, and where a great 
amount of fighting was going on at the time the rookery was first visited, there are 
between 20 and 25 dead pups to be seen within a small area. The rest are scattered 
over the length of the sandy tract. The angle here resembles very much a similar 
angle at Polovina, where 8 dead pups were counted in 2 harems. When we consider the 
great mass of pups at this point on Tolstoi, numbering many thousands, as compared 
with other rookeries, the percentage of dead pups, placing the number at 100, is not 

1 See account of the formation of this mass of seals in notes of 1897 for last week in June. The 
seals massed against this jutting rocky point as the nearest way to reach the slope behind, up which 
the harems spread. 

- When these pups were counted later on, the number was found to aggregate 1,495. This shows 
how it came that from mere casual observations the great mortality of pups was unnoticed or 
underestimated in earlier years. 


remarkable. Mr. Macoun points out the spot where he to-day counts 2,5 dead pups 
as the place where the great mass of dead pups, estimated by him at over 4,000, was 
seen in. 1892. 

So far as could be made out witli the glass, no other cause of death than that 
already noted in similar places on other rookeries can be discovered, namely, crushing 
under foot by fighting bulls. The pups seem small at a distance, but may be partially 
concealed by the sand. They show a uniformly flattened appearance and are not 
curled up. They seem to have died about the same time, or to have been dead about 
the same length of time. Their appearance seems to indicate that they died in the 
height of the season. In many cases the fur is worn oft' in patches. 

Mr. Macoun remarks that the mortality is not so great to-day as it was in 1892, 
but his observations of that year were made somewhat later and under more favorable 
conditions. In his opinion, not starvation, but some epidemic, was the cause of death 
in 1892. He agrees that 200 would probably cover the dead pups to day on Tolstoi 


On East rookery of St. George, the hauling grounds and breeding grounds are 
now but a mere fraction of the space formerly occupied. The character of the ground 
and the vegetation shows that within very recent times say five or six years the 
rookery covered twice the area and the hauling ground ten times the present area. 

There are some idle bulls about, mostly young, and many bachelors. Old bulls 
are hauled out on the beach at various points. The hareins are small, the rookeries 
sparsely populated. 

Little East and Great East rookeries were once continuous; now they are 
separated by a considerable space, and East contains 135 harems and Little East 40. 

One fresh placenta seen at the water's edge. 

JULY 30. 

Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Gorbatch and Reef rookeries in the afternoon. 
Mr. Macouu visited Lukanin. 

The day was cloudy and foggy; southwesterly winds. Thermometer 46; barome- 
ter 30.45. 


An old bull with a broken flipper, which lay in the "hospital" at the angle of 
Zoltoi Sands, was killed. He was going about on three legs, holding up the injured 
flipper like a dog would its paw. 


There does not seem to be much truth in the current idea that the light-colored 
cows are recent arrivals and the brown ones those which have been out long enough 
to get sunburned. It seemed plausible enough when we first landed on St. George, 
but there are more of these silvery ones now on the rookeries than there have been 
at any time this season. Tlie season is now far enough advanced to make it possible 
to assert that all the adult breeding cows are on the rookeries or else have gone to 
sea after having given birth to their pups. It seems almost certain that the lighter 


or silvery colors are those of tlie young females. In a liareai of a dozen cows here 
on Gorbatch about half the number are these light-colored cows, probably 3 year-olds. 
The pups have all been born some time, and are as big as any seen on the rookeries. 
Two other cows in this same harem are wet. They are looking for their pups. One 
cow is uniformly dark in color. The other shows distinctly her light silvery color. 
There can be no question that these cows, when dry, will one be brown and the other 
silvery. Again, these light cows have been seen to enter the water and have been 
watched as they swam about, their white bellies and throats being noticeable as they 
whirled in the water. In the case of the browii cows, just as soon as they are dipped 
they show dark all over. 


Beyond the harem just referred to on Gorbatch, near Zoltoi, a dead cow was seen 
under the cliff apparently wedged betweon two stones. With considerable difficulty 
and after a lively tight with the neighboring bulls the body of the cow was reached. 
It did not seem likely that she had been crushed. It was, however, with difficulty 
that she was withdrawn from the crevice, and it may be that the heavy surf of the 
past few days has shifted the rocks and wedged her in. As she was dragged along 
the blood oozed out of her nose. Her skin on a superficial examination did not 
disclose any shot marks, though the bleeding would seem to indicate some internal 
wound. Between the shoulders on her back was a scar, quite fresh, where the skin 
had been cut out in a round patch about the size of a silver dollar. There did not 
seem to be any wound beneath, but as the cow had been dragged some distance -by 
the skin of the neck the wound might not have shown. She had not been long dead. 
The body seemed very plump if not swollen, indicating that perhaps it contained an 
unborn pup. The nipples were moderately swollen and the vagina somewhat dilated. 
The details of her condition will be given later after dissection. 


Five dead pups were counted on the hauling ground of the Reef rookery, or 
rather in the runway between the masses of harems through which the bachelors pass 
in going up to the hauling ground. They did not show evidence of starving, and 
were probably trampled to death by the half bulls and the idle bulls of which the 
passageway is always full. Their bodies were flattened out. 

The holostiaki, of which there are a great number on the hauling ground back of 
the Reef, are very playful, pulling one another around like dogs at play. Their 
actions resemble those of the pups in the pods about the harems, but they seem more 
playful and less in earnest than the pups. The pups play as though they were angry. 

One old bull, a magnificent fellow, is badly injured in the back. He drags his 
hind flippers in a perfectly helpless manner. He is, however, very strong in his 
foreparts, and maintains himself against the half bulls and idle bulls that attack him 
while trying to get out of their reach. 

Another old fellow with one of his fore flippers badly swollen was seen on the 
top of the slope of Gorbatch in a pod of bachelors. He carried his flipper in the air 
as a dog might a sore paw, getting along quite briskly on three flippers. 



The slide shows continual change. There are 58 cows up on the flat where the 
harems of B and C were located. Probably 35 of thN number were in B's harem, but 
they stampede by way of CTs harem, many of them going down over the cliff, but some 
of them almost immediately returning. On account of the stampede of the cows to 
the harems below it is difficult to determine the status of harems D, E, F, and <i. 

A young 0-year-old bull (Z), noted yesterday as trying to locate himself iii the 
slide, is now up above D and seems very active. He greatly annoys the cows trying 
to return to harem C, dragging them back down the slide as they climb the slippery 
rocks. One cow has a particularly hard time. She bites him severely in the throat 
and on the back. The other bulls do uot seem much inclined to tackle him. They are 
too lazy now. 

A is still under the cliff in his position, but has 10 cows. One gets away and is 
taken up by an idle bull above. He keeps the cow for a few minutes in the position 
formerly occupied by X. X has left his place and lies by the rock where Y used to 
be. Y is down by the brow of the cliff, a little farther along than the position 
occupied by an idle bull, which has kept his position from the beginning. 

In the harems now controlled by B there is a little brown animal, very small. She 
looks very much like what one would expect a virgin cow to be. 


The question of the stampeding of harems and consequent injury to the female 
herd seems an absurdity. It frequently becomes necessary to go very close to the 
harems in order to get to desirable observation points. The cows show evidence of 
fright, but are. for the most part, held in check by the bulls, and as soon as the 
intruder has passed or comes to rest the seals settle down as if nothing had happened. 
If the fright is so great, as sometimes happens in these days since the harem system 
has relaxed, as to cause the cows to break away to the water, they are invariably 
found back in their places within a few hours, perhaps within a few minutes. 

The killable seals do not come near the rookeries. There is a regularly graded 
buffer of idle and half-idle bulls on the water front, in the rear, and at each flank, 
which effectually prevents the crowding of the bachelors on the harem. Unfortunate 
individuals, impelled by fright, occasionally try to escape through the harems to the 
sea. But the injury is to the bachelor concerned and no general stampede can result. 
It certainly is not possible to day for the bachelors to get near enough the harems to 
occasion any danger of stampeding the cows in getting them, and there is no reason 
to suppose that conditions are essentially different this year from what they have been 
in the past. It is generally conceded that there has always been a fringe of idle bulls 
about the rookeries, and the bachelors have been taken for years from their present 
hauling grounds, which are wholly distinct from the breeding grounds. 

Later in the season a few stray cows whose pups are dead may take up with 
young bulls away from the rookeries proper. These may occasionally get into a drive. 
One such female appeared in the drive from Zoltoi on the 25th instant. But it is not 
likely that such cases occur frequently, never early in the season. A cow so driven is 
not hurt in the least. The cow from Zoltoi was found at a distance from the rookery. 
She was herding with the bachelors, probably because she had lost her pup. 



There is a dead pup on the rocks high up out of the way, iu a position where it 
could not very well have been crushed. It has probably been injured and crawled up 
there to die. It is impossible to get near to examine it on account of the bulls. ' 
Near by is another dead pup in much the same condition. 

On Zoltoi cliffs are trails on which the bachelors come up and go down. There 
are others on the steep western slope of Gorbatch. It would be hard tor a man to 
climb them. In getting down they sometimes drop iu places 6 feet or more on jagged 
rocks. In no case do they seem to be hurt by such a jump. 

VIRGIN cows. 

There are many little harems apparently of virgins, with an occasional adult cow 
and pup, along the edge of the hauling ground on Keef rookery. These are in charge 
of 5 or 6 year old bulls. Two of these harems, each with a small cow, are in a position 
to be easily got at, and to-morrow an effort will be made to determine whether or not 
these are virgin cows. The bachelors seem to worry them, but the sex is uncertain 
yet. A harem containing several supposed virgins has some old cows iu it twice as 
big as the little ones. A harein consisting of 1 cow is in the hauling ground, and the 
cow goes off, leaving the pup. 

A bull is holding a little brown cow by main force and roughness. She bites him 
on the neck, and he has a great time holding her. She must be a virgin. The bull 
smells of her genitals. She is very small, not over 40 pounds in weight. She has a 
large head and eyes like a pup. She tries to run away, but comes back at every 
motion of the bull. The bull seizes her and holds her down by main force, watching 
her every movement, regardless of the observers 10 feet away. The cow hangs tightly 
to his neck. She runs toward us once, as if without fear. Perhaps all this is love 
making, but if so it is terribly harsh. Both bull and cow are getting tired. He fans 
himself with his hind flippers, voiding excrement. The little cow is probably coining 
in heat. Her nipples are very small. She has never had a pup, although in color she 
is like the old cows. 


Mr. Lucas visited Staraya Artel rookery, making the following notes : This 
rookery has spread out and thinned since our visit on July 9. The idle bulls have 
disappeared from the upper part, but there are many about the lower portion. Twenty 
old bulls were counted in one bunch. Many of the younger bulls seem to have secured 
cows, and the influx of these young animals is very perceptible. As nearly as can be 
counted there are now 75 harems. This is a larger number of harems than were 
found at the former count. 


At North rookery, where the harem of 135 cows was, there are now 9 harems, 2 of 
them back on the hill very far from the former solitary harem. Here, as on Staraya 

This pup was secured later with a fish hook on a bamboo pole. 


Artel, the influx of young bulls is marked. The western part of this rookery now 
contains 55 harems. The count on July 9 gave 51 harems, 807 cows. The previous 
uncounted portion of the rookery contains 30 bulls with cows. Allowing for the 
thinning out of harems, this would make the fnrnu'r estimate of 2,700 cows not far from 
correct. Colonel Murray finds to day a total of 225 harems on North rookery.' He 
saw one bull copulating to-day. He also reports seeing a dead pup on East rookery, 
and Professor Thompson saw 2 pups, supposed to be drowned. 

It is apparent that the mortality among pups at the present age is small unless 
they are drowned 2 by a heavy gale. They are tough enough to stand knocking about, 
and, moreover, have such fear of a bull that they keep out of his way. 

Pups are crawling about the rocks and high up the cliffs. One lies dead at the 
foot of a cliff, where he has evidently fallen from above. Pups are playing freely in 
the water. 

At the east end of North rookery are three harems which were not there when 
the first count was made. They are around young bulls. It is evident that with 
young bulls at the rear of every harem and at the water's edge there is little chance 
of cows escaping impregnation. 

A bull was seen to act toward a seal among the bachelors as though it were a cow. 
A large patch of excrement was seen on the hauling ground, indicating a recent meal 
by some seal. 

Bulls still take an interest in their harems and there is some quarreling. A 
number of cows frightened into the water were watched and found to return to a 
harem within a short time. The bulls below offered no opposition. 

On the stones of the gully, and on the hillside just above, leading to the eastern 
hauling ground of North rookery are many gray lichens. Ten years ago thousands 
of seals clambered over these stones to the hill above, and some still climb there. 
The spaces between the stones are filled with the characteristic slime of the hauling 
ground, black and slippery. The lichens are growing and the grass covers the ground, 
which has not been worn bare this year, although some seals climb up daily and lie 
about at all times. 

JULY 31. 

Dr. Jordan visited Gorbatch in the morning, and in the afternoon, in company 
with Dr. Voss, Mr. Stanley-Brown, and Mr. Clark, made experiments with a view to 
identifying the virgin females. 

Weather clear; wind from southeast, with heavy surf ; thermometer 40; barometer 


The dead cow on the Zoltoi end of Grorbatch was skinned. She contained an 
unborn pup and had been bitten in the small of the back, probably by a bull. This 
bite was the cause of death. She had probably been wedged among the rocks by 
the surf. 

'A count of harems at this date, after many of th-3 regular harem masters are gone, and when 
the young half bulls and idle bulls are entering the breeding grounds, is miinifestly misleading. The 
division of the single harem of 135 cows into D harems shows how the idle bulls have increased the 

- See later observations. Very few pups are drowned in the surf, even of the severest gales. 


The old bull seen yesterday on Gorbatcli ciuder slope with his fore flipper "in 
a sling" was found this morning out on Zoltoi Sands. He was ordered shot. The 
shoulder was out of joint and the whole nipper badly inflamed and sensitive. 


The two single harems noted on the Reef rookery last night were readily found 
this afternoon. One cow was in charge of a splendid old black bull, full of fight, 
the other in charge of a fine-looking young gray bull of probably C years. The first 
bull mentioned had a number of cows yesterday afternoon. They seemed to be in 
greater part virgins. Some were old cows, however. None had pups. On approach 
they all stampeded into a neighboring harem except one. This remaining cow was 
the one found to-day. This was the same harem from which on Thursday afternoon 
Dr. Jordan observed 6 young looking cows decamp in a body, returning half an 
hour later. 


It was decided to shoot the little cows. Jacob Kochuten said that the one in 
charge of the big black bull was a holostiak. She was standing close to the bull, who 
was watching the man with the rifle. The instant the shot was fired the bull dropped 
his nose to the cow's head as though he was conscious of some injury to her, though 
she made no sound. He fondled over her, paying no further attention to us, until we 
undertook to get the body. It took fully half an hour for the four of us to get the cow 
away. The bull was fight all over. No blow on the body produced any effect except 
to enrage him more and more, nor could he be enticed far enough away from the dead 
body to permit anyone to reach it. Finally a well directed blow in the mouth with a 
stone knocked his lower canines loose and stunned him sufficiently to make him yield 
for a moment, and the cow was secured. He returned to the spot as soon as he 
recovered himself, but appeared to realize that there was nothing more to fight for. 

The other cow was shot in the same way, but her bull, probably never as yet 
master of a harem, deserted her immediately when pressed. Both animals shot were 
found to be females which had not yet given birth to pups. They were carried to the 
level of the parade ground above, skinned and dissected by Dr. Otto Voss, resident 
physician of the North American Commercial Company. 


The cows proved to be virgin females, coming in heat. This probably accounted 
for the eagerness with which they were held by the bulls and for the absence of effort 
on their part to escape. One of the cows was of the usual light color, silvery under- 
neath. The other was dark brownish, like an old cow, with only a lighter shade of 
brown under the throat. This should settle the question as to whether the difference 
in coloration is due to length of time out of water. It also shows that age is not the 
sole determining factor. The difference must be due to individual variation. 

The little brown cow belonged to the young gray bull. Her mammary glands 
were small and undistended, containing no trace of milk. Her weight was about 60 
pounds. She was about to come in heat. The Graattau follicle was just rupturing. 
The cow had evidently never bred. The left ovary was apparently the one prepared 
to breed first. The two horns of the uterus were alike, neither yet fertilized. It is 


probably accident that determines which horn shall be impregnated first, but after 
the first pup is born impregnation occurs each year in the unused horn. While the 
horn which has just borne the pup is recovering from gestation the other is made 
ready for impregnation. 

The silvery cow belonged to the old black bull. The Graafian follicle showed no 
trace of rupture in the right ovary. The follicle in the left was about to rupture. 
The ovaries in this case were a little larger than in the first cow, but showed no trace 
of having yet been fertilized. This cow was somewhat fatter than the other and a 
little larger. 

Secretions of the outer part of the vaginal tube in both cows proved acid; those 
of the uterus alkaline; mammary glands normally developed in both. No corpus 
luteum appeared in either ovary of either cow. Both stomachs were wholly empty 
except for a few nematode worms. The fat was yellow in its color. The intestines of 
both contained excrement. 


Near by were two small seals in charge of a young half bull. The smaller one 
was shot and proved to be a yearling bull. It had all the appearances of a female, 
and Jacob said it was one. The bull showed it all the attention which could have 
been expected in the case of a cow. It showed tremendous tenacity of life; had to 
be shot twice in the head and neck, and yet had strength enough to bite and scream. 
If it had been in the sea it would probably have swam a mile, perhaps many miles, 
though from the loss of blood it must eventually have succumbed. It defied all of 
us, even after the second shot, and continued to fight till struck with a knife. It is 
simply impossible to believe that pelagic sealers do not lose a large percentage of 
those they shoot. No other animal shows the tenacity of life that a seal does, and 
no animal is more free from sickness or defective parts. When first shot the little 
yearling screamed like an angry pup. 

The sacrifice of this yearling was valuable in showing how easy it is to be 
deceived. This animal was watched closely at a distance of not more than 10 feet 
by several persons, all of whom pronounced it a female as far as appearance went. 

The yearling male is about the size of the 2-year-old female. Jacob and the 
other natives say they can tell the female by the sharper snout and narrower head. 
But while the head of one female killed seemed to bear out this view, the other 
most decidedly did not, and there was no essential difference between the head of the 
yearling and that of the female. There does not seem to be any characteristics that 
will surely determine the sex of the young animals other than those of the sexual 
organs themselves. 

It is evident from our experience Avith this and other animals shot for scientific 
purposes that the suggestion that rifles should be substituted for clubs on the killing 
grounds is not a wise one. The amount of suffering would be greatly increased by 
such a change. 1 

1 In 1897, while securing bulls for museum purposes, Jacob Kochuteu shot a bull twelve times 
before be finally killed it. To require tbe natives to sboot the seals in the land killings would bi- 



The animals we thought virgins are now certainly known to be such. The one 
we formerly shot on Zoltoi WHS an exception, a young cow which had lost her pup and 
had left the harem. Falling into the company of a young bull she hauled out on the 
sands. The virgins are probably not often impregnated in regularly formed harems. 
They seem not to be wanted in the regular harems; at least they shift about as if they 
did not feel at home. They are to be found chiefly at the back of the regular breeding 
ground and at the water's edge. Among them are a good many old cows, 1 probably 
drawn back by the movement of their pups, fertilization being over and the bulls 
having relaxed their watch. 

Jt is not necessary to suppose that the virgins come up on the hauling grounds 
with the bachelors and then wander away to the bulls. These little harems in the 
rear are to be found behind all the rookeries. 


A young bull in sex excitement with a cow voids muck orange-colored excrement, 
and paddles his flipper in it till he is thoroughly soiled. There is excrement in 
abundance both on the rookeries and on the hauling grounds. This animal must have 
fed recently. On the rookeries the excrement is mostly soft and soon dries in the 
sand. On the hauling ground it is often cylindrical and of the consistency of putty. 
One of the little cows killed had a long cylindrical piece of excrement in the rectum; 
the other was filthy with soft greenish excrement. 


The slide was visited at 3 o'clock. One pup was observed just born, having 
the placenta still attached. The cow was fairly large, but of the whitish color of 
those supposed to be young. Doubtless she is a 3 year-old, with her first pup. She 
is in charge of a half bull lately come ou the water front. There are other cows in the 
harem. A cow draws up the pup to her breast by the nape of the neck. 

A large pod of pups are playing in the water. They seem to enjoy it greatly. 
Those entering the water are not confined to harems near shore. Wet ones are 
observed at the very top of the slide. One wet pup comes up to harem A. He waits 
a little and then goes back down the incline toward the water again. He is watched 
two-thirds of the way down. The wet pups are scattered all about in every pod of 
sleeping ones. They seem even smaller than their fellows, but probably this is 
because the water has smoothed down the fur. 

A wet cow just in from the water is watched find her pup. She calls ; three or four 
pups answer. The cow ceases to call; she makes no further effort. ^No pup conies to 
her within half an hour. 

A mother lying near the large green rock awakens and calls. Her pup responds 
and comes to her. She is in a position which does not give the little fellow any chance. 
The cow fusses about, calling to the pup, who keeps up a response. Finally the little 
one is pushed off the rock and slides down 10 feet. The mother is alarmed and calls 
frantically. The pup comes to the foot of the rock and looks up, calling, but can not 
climb the rock. The mother calls repeatedly. Finally the pup makes a wide detour 
and gets up to the mother. She moves to a better place and the pup takes his dinner. 

1 Apparently cows that have lost their pups haul backward with the virgins. 


The changes on the slide go on. A has 10 cows. B has cows near him, and 
probably 4 more at some little distance are under his jurisdiction. The harems are 
all scattered out in irregular fashion. Among his C nearest cows are 3 little white 
breasted cows with dove-colored backs. They look like virgins. The other cows are 
brown and larger. 

The little cow, supposed to be a virgin last night, and which was on the crest of 
the slide, appears to be about halfway down in another harem. She is brown, but 
very small; the smallest cow seen. It is probable that the light color in the younger 
animals is a matter of individual variation. The case of the two virgins killed which 
showed the two distinct types of coloration bears this out. It may be that the lighter 
animals represent that class of pups which show the brown belly. 

C has 19 cows. X is gone from Y's place. An idle bull from the rear has taken 
his position the old position of A. Y is still by the cliff's edge. X is lying flat in 
the edge of C's harem, which is crowded down toward the cliff. D has 20 cows, but 
one can not be certain. The young half bull Z, seen to tease the cows trying to return 
from the slide to C's harem, lies sleeping in the place where we left him last night. 
There are 12 cows in the space formerly occupied by E, a different bull in charge. 
F and G can not be distinguished or counted with certainty. 


A fur seal has almost as much in common with the grizzly bear as with the true 
seal. It is roughly a grizzly bear with webbed feet flattened and oar-shaped. Except 
for its wonderful powers of swimming, its habits and appearance are that of a land 
animal. The elements determining its residence on the islands are the cold, moist, 
sunless weather, the ice cold water, and the absence of native population or of any 
creature on land powerful enough to be an enemy. Hence its choice of uninhabited 
islands. Its migrations are influenced by the encroachments of floating and coast 
ice, and its other movements by the need of food. 


To kill the whole body of seals on the islands, as has been lately proposed, is, 
of course, no worse than to destroy the herd by pelagic sealing; for laud protection 
is a farce if the female can not feed safely at sea. Nevertheless such action is a 
confession of iinpoteiicy a great nation should never think of making. 

The real interests of England are identical with ours, as are the real interests of 
the civilized world, and some method must be found to put an end to the indifference 
and jealousy which now prevents just or rational action. If the seal herd is to exist it 
can not be preyed upon by any nation. If it were true that the removal of bachelors 
diminished the herd it should be forbidden, like any other depredation. That it does 
not reduce the herd, is perfectly plain, and no one conversant with the facts has 
honestly denied it. 

The white semi-albino 5-year-old 1 has been seen sleeping in the same spot on 
Zoltoi Bluffs for a week or more. Though several times driven off in the meantime 
he had invariably returned. This gives some idea of the length of time the older 
bachelors remain on shore. 

1 This animal was .seen in the same place on one or two occasions in 1897. 




The fact that Colonel Murray's count of the harems on Xorth rookery of St. 
George, as reported by Mr. Lucas, is 225, as against an estimate of 1C8 for July 9, 
leads us to conclude that for some reason our count of this island was too early to 
represent the state of these rookeries in the breeding season. A count of Zapadni 
rookery, also by Colonel Murray, increases the harems from 143 to 182, and on Staraya 
Artel from 59 to 75. A count made so late in July as these are not truly representative, 
as doubtless many of the harem bulls are already gone and their places taken by 
others. On the whole, however, we feel that this latter count may be more near the 
truth than our own, and we are inclined to substitute its results as to harems for our 
own, applying to the rookeries of St. George, as to those of St. Paul, the average harem 
of Kitovi rookery. This is 17.3 cows to the harem. It will be remembered that for 
the counted portion of North rookery, the largest on St. George, the average harem 
was found to be about 17 cows. The following, therefore, is the revised census of St. 
George Island: 1 

Census of St. George Island. 







Little East 







3 148 

Staraya Artel 





11 432 


Dr. Jordan went to Zapadni in a boat this morning to investigate the seals reported 
dead on the rookeries there. In the afternoon, with Dr. Voss, Judge Crowley, Mr. 
Adams, Mr. Macoun, Mr. Clark, and a force of natives, he visited lleef and Lukanin 
rookeries to determine whether the yearling males and females mix on the hauling 

The day was bright, with no wind; the sea was unusually calm, with occasional 
drifting fog. 

A great snow bank is still visible on the southern side of the hill between Lukanin 
and Little Zapadni rookeries, and furnishes a landmark by which vessels steer. 


The Lagoon rookery is but an overflow from Tolstoi, as English Bay or Zapadni 
Reef is from Zapadni. The break between Tolstoi and Lagoon is larger, because on 
the south side of Tolstoi Head the vertical cliff's abut closely on the sea. There is 
not over 5 feet between the cliff and the high-tide mark, and often when the surf is 
running there is no space at all. On the west side of Tolstoi there is 30 to CO feet 
under the cliffs, and this widens out northward to the broad concave slope of Tolstoi 

'After the investigations of 1897 we are still more dissatisfied with the count of harems made at 
the close of July than with the early count. We have attempted in the complete revision of the 
census of 1896, which will be found in the notes for 1897, to arrive at a mean between the two. 


Sands. The tip of Tolstoi is formed not of broken columns, but projecting wall-like 
dikes. The last harem is beside a grassy projecting wall, with a smooth slope on 
one side. 

The preferred rookery ground is a gentle slope with large angular blocks of lava 
evenly strewn between with hard lava sand. From these sometimes run hard benches 
of broken lava, in which sand predominates over the rocks, as at Tolstoi. 

The sandy places are generally avoided, but the concave flat of Tolstoi can not 
be wholly avoided. On this sand is washed down from above and becomes packed by 
the movement of the seals. In such places occur the greatest natural destruction of 
pups. Gentle rocky slopes, but more or less strewn with bowlders, are found at 
Zapadni, Little Zapadui, the Reef, under Hutchinson Hill, at Polovina, and Little 
Polovina. Other rookeries lie on the rounded, waterworn bowlder beaches, without 
hill slope behind. Such are Zapadui Reef, Lagoon, the gi eater part of Vostochni and 
Morjovi, and part of the Reef. Irregular rocky areas under cliffs, and not capable of 
much extension, are found on Kitovi, Lukauin, Tolstoi bluffs, part of Polovina, and 
much of Gorbatch. In the cliff portions and on the bowlder beaches the harems are 
well separated, having natural boundaries, and there is no crowding. 

In the great masses, as at Vostochni and Reef, on rather level ground and among 
rocks, the harems are larger, partly confluent, and there is much more fighting among 
the bulls. All rookeries have a front of rounded bowlders except where the cliffs 
abut on deep water, as at Kitovi and Tolstoi bluffs. On Gorbatch the harems extend 
more or less up a steep, hard, smooth slope of lava gravel and sand. 

Open sand beaches are never frequented by breeding bulls or cows, though 
bachelors and injured bulls like to sleep there. The regular places for the bachelors, 
however, are on the rocky edges, where the sand is packed firm. At Zapadni the 
former limits of the hauling grounds are clearly evident, as is their diminution, from 
the slow creeping green of the seal grass. The bachelors as they diminish tend to 
hug the rookery edge, and the ground first vacated is always that farthest from the 


The trip to Zapadni was made in a boat along the east side of the rookery. There 
is a dead hair seal on the rocks here. There is one harem on a rock in the sea. 

The dead cows proved to be too rotten for examination, and the place was so thick 
with bulls that they could scarcely be approached. Another rotten cow is seen on 
the beach, but can not be examined. All these died at the same time as the shot 
cows at Morjovi, but the cause of death can not here be ascertained. 

What seemed to be a dead pup lying on the rocks proved to be one asleep. It has 
been wet by the wash of the sea. The crevices of the rocks are filled with wet pups, 
who can only get out by swimming. They swim freely, some of them in rather deepish 
water. A drowned pup must be a rare occurrence, as they soon learn to swim. One 
was seen to leap in and swim about. It could not keep its head above the water, but 
splashed about a fourth of a minute, his head all the time under the water. Then it 
came back to the rock and climbed out. Another did the same thing. Another went 
out a few feet, head mostly above water, and circled back to where he started. He 
has learned to keep the nape down and the nose up. 


There are not many virgin cows along the water front of Zapadni, but there are 
lots of wet cows. One wet cow, without doubt a virgin, is in charge of a wet water 
bull. The water is thick with swimming cows. There are 3 harems around Zapadni 
Point not seen by us before, containing 50 cows. Xear them is a dead bull. 

Zapadni Point or headland is made up of columns of lava, apparently not changed 
since they first cooled. We climb the west side of the cliff, 100 feet high, by the path 
the seals go up and down no easy climb, and one impossible to any but a strong man. 

Two cows and one pup lie dead together and rotting on western end of Zapadni 
in the last harem. Two other pups are found crushed on the rocks. There are too 
many bulls. A bull at the end of the rookery has 6 or 8 virgins waiting. 


Passing along the west side of Zapadni on foot yellowish excrement is seen on 
the hauling grounds; three instances of brown cylindrical excrement; still another of 
gray mash; another of translucent liquid excrement; two more of yellowish brown. 
All these are found within a distance of 6 rods. Idle bulls are seen with much soft 
excrement about them. Similar observations could be made anywhere, showing the 
falsity of the contention of the British commission of 1892, that no excrement is 
found on the rookeries or hauling grounds in August. It is abundant everywhere for 
the whole season. 

A virgin is seen in charge of an old bull. ^No virgins are seen in the large harems 
near the sea. I see none in the rear of the middle portion of the rookery. Several 
virgins are in a harem behind the next cross. 

Zapadni rookery has shrunk greatly, in one case 200 feet from one of Townsend's 
crosses, marked on a stone covered with green moss. This cross is near the middle of 
the length of the rookery. A bull stands on his hind feet on a pinnacle of rocks on 
which another cross is painted, looking over the top he looks exactly like a tall man 
in a fur coat stretched up at full length. 

Pups by the thousands are lying on the smooth, hard sand. They like to sleep 
there, as do also the cows. Both like to be in a big bunch. Organized harems avoid 
these places, the bulls preferring the rocks. 

A big dead pup lies among a crowd of bachelors; not starved; probably crushed. 
Bachelors are as likely to nurse a lost pup as a cow not its mother would be. 

This is the warmest day of the season. Many seals are in the water; many asleep. 
The smell of the rookeries is suffocating. 

A harem of virgins in charge of an old bull is located below the next cross to the 
north. Five or G virgins, with as many old cows, are in another harem well back. 
Another harem shows half virgins. These harems are in the last tier of harems near 
the hauling ground to the north. 


Many 3-year-olds at Zapadni evidently escaped killing. They haul out in small 
bunches at various inaccessible points. Many are on the headland. 

Without doubt more 3-year-olds escape each year and grow wigs than there is 
needed for purposes of reproduction. These are by no means the smallest or weakest. 
They are at least average animals. Sometimes they escape because located in outlying 


positions; sometimes because they are late arrivals. The killing closed this year on 
July 27, and is never continued later than the 1st of August. Those arriving after 
that time are exempt from driving, and as killable seals are found to the last, it is not 
unreasonable to suppose that some arrive after August 1 for the first time. 


There is a long shallow gulch in Zapadni, north of the middle part winding down 
to Southwest Bay. There are many virgins in the last 4 or 5 harems at the top with 
many regular cows among them. This long gulch is a concave sandy track where 
many pups gather and where many bulls light. It was the scene of constant fighting 
at the time of the original counting of the rookery. Many dead pups are here. 
Ninety are counted trodden in the sand; mostly, but not all, small and rotten. 
Probably 120 could be found. There are no rocks to hide them. As I stand on the 
parapet above I can see over the whole space, but have no glass. One newly-born 
pup is in the gulch, and several pods of from 30 to 100 older pups are playing about. 
This Zapadui gully 1 is a place where pups are easily killed as well as easily seen. 
Very few dead pups are to be seen on Zapadni except on the sandy gully. The live 
ones pile up and sleep on the dead ones. 

There are few wet cows here, so far from the sea. Virgin cows that can get away 
dash for the sea. One bull seizes a cow and brings her back. Forty of them are 
going down the canyon now like holostiaki. 

I come over through the quarrelsome bulls to a green cliff over the gully, a better 
point of observation. I can see more dead pups here even than on Tolstoi. The 
conditions in the latter place are the same, but the sands are less concave and broader, 
with the side, not the end, open to the sea. There are 50 harems in Zapadni gully. 

Three other dead pups are seen among the bachelors. 

Where so few instincts are demanded as in the case of the seal they are necessarily 
very intense. Knowledge of place, of mother, of pup, of reproduction, of catching 
fish, of protection and retention of harem, are the principal things the seal has to 
know. These he knows automatically, each one as well as another. 

Another dead cow and a dead bull lie rotting; and more dead pups are among 
the bachelors, 2 on the rocks. Doubtless there are more dead pups crushed among the 
rocks than appear. It is as easy to see into a grizzly bear's lair as into harems in 
the center of the great masses. 

Two very little cows, probably virgins, are on the edge of harems among bachelors 
guarded by a half bull. Another is seen in the northernmost harem. 

The 2 virgins and the half bull all take to the water. The bull tries to round 
them up in the sea; seizes one and tries to drag her ashore, but fails. The other 
tries to get ashore and he prevents her. There is no doubt that these cows are virgins. 
They are still rounded up in the water, though one cow keeps trying to get ashore. 
A little cow lies on the rocks wet. She dives into the sea out of sight. A bull tries 
to catch her. Another bull close by guards a cow with a pup and a virgin. The 
virgin gets away to sea. The virgin 2-year-olds are plainly visible everywhere, but 
there is nothing to be seen on Zapadni that looks like a yearling cow. 

1 When this gully was counted ou August 14 more than 600 pups were found dead iu it. 



A strayed pup is found on Zapadiii a long way from any hareiu, among the 
bachelors. It is a robust, healthy female, perhaps 3 weeks old, sleek aud strong. It 
is taken home for purposes of experimentation in starvation, as it can not fail -to starve 
to death where it is. The dead pups seen on the hauling ground among the bachelors 
are evidently astrays like this one, having wandered away and starved, or else been 
trampled upon by the half bulls and bachelors. 

In counting dead pups experience shows that it is very difficult to distinguish 
surely the dead from the sleeping pups. They stretch out and assume in their sleep 
positions similar to those in which dead pups are seen, aud not infrequently the pup 
you have decided to be dead will lift his head and go forth to play. At a long 
distance there is also liability of mistaking a black half-buried stone for a dead pup 
when half hidden in the sand. There are some of these among the dead pups on 

The drive from Zapadui is a very short one. The skins are brought to the village 
in boats. Killings at Zapadni are made only when the weather permits this to be done. 


Even if the treatment of holostiaki on the drives and killing grounds was 
needlessly cruel, as has been alleged, it would affect the increase or decrease of seals 
on the rookeries no more than the overdriving of street-car horses would affect the 
breeding of tine colts. An injured animal would merely recover or die. The voluntary 
racing and climbing the bachelors undertake for fun, for curiosity, or when alarmed 
far exceeds the strain I have seen any driven animal undergo. Where an animal gets 
its head crushed by a blow intended for another, as in the case of the yearling at 
Poloviua, that is simply the end of the animal. If the animal is only temporarily 
stunned, it recovers and is none the worse. 

Stampedes of the rookeries are carefully avoided by the people on the islands; 
but should they occur they are not necessarily serious or likely to be dangerous. The 
cows do not flee willingly, except late in the season. They do not injure pups, and the 
bulls devote all their time to preventing the escape of the cows and to rounding up 
the disorganized harems. As to the bulls, the man does not live who could stampede 
one in the height of the season. An old bull would not leave his place until his skull 
was broken. Xothing frightens him, and he is as incapable of fear as he is of hunger 
in the breeding season. This, however, is not true of those under 6 years of age, and 
those under 7 can be driven. The so-called impotent bulls are not so through sex 
exhaustion, but through broken bones, broken joints, hernia, or buckshot. It is to be 
doubted if the functions of life outlast those of virility. The bulls with virgin harems 
now are as fierce and virile as the beach masters were in the middle of July. 


From the tip of the slope of Gorbatch a group of young seals was rounded up 
which contained a number of young females, including the uppermost harem in charge 
of the white half albino bull to which reference has been made (July 27). 

By means of a slip noose fastened to a long pole in such a manner that it could 
be slipped over the head of the seal and then drawn taut, the men were able to draw 
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the small seals out, one by one, from the pod. The first two inspected proved to be 
females, virgins which had never had pups. The third, very closely resembling- these, 
proved to be a holostiak. He evidently belonged to the flock of bachelors lying hauled 
out on the brow of the hill above this last outlying harem. The majority of the rest 
were 4 year-olds, distinguishable by reason of their incipient wigs. Among them 
were a number of females with pups. The rest of the pod was released. The 
holostiaki and the cows hastened down through the harems and did not stop till they 
reached the sea. The white bull went part way down and then turned about. He 
was the picture of outraged dignity. He seems perfectly dazed. Two half bulls are 
in his former place. It will be of interest to see whether he returns. 

Apollon, the chief, and his men rounded up a pod of holostiaki from the hauling 
ground of Reef Rookery. There are some half bulls among the lot, but the majority 
are apparently yearlings. One by one they are noosed and drawn out of the lot. 
While two Aleuts with their clubs control the head of the seal, another seizes it by 
the hind flipper and turns it upon its back, thus permitting perfect identification as 
to the sex. 

It is interesting to note that these little fellows fight with exactly the same spirit 
and determination as when they were on hand at the killing on the 25th. It is with 
the greatest difficulty that those examined can be induced to leave the ground. They 
persist in returning to the pod. The tenth animal examined proved to be an adult 
cow, and as she had evidently never borne a pup she was killed for dissection. She 
proved to be a barren cow, the only one so far definitely recorded. 

One after another the little fellows are drawn off until 23 have been examined 
They are all plainly holostiaki yearlings. A few yet remain, but their size and the 
presence of the wig sufficiently indicate their sex, and they are released. It may 
safely be inferred that no virgin females are among the bachelors on the Reef. 


On examination the barren female showed the organs of reproduction in a 
rudimentary state. She could not possibly bear a pup; therefore, her presence among 
the bachelors meant nothing. She was to them no more than a male. The drive 
made was from the center of the hauling ground back of the main part of Reef 
rookery, and at a distance of not less than an eighth of a mile from any harem. The 
cow was associating with the holostiaki as though one of their number, and was not 
seen to be disturbed by them. 

The following are the detailed notes of the dissection of the barren cow, conducted 
by Dr. Otto Voss and Dr. Jordan : 

"From an examination of the teeth and skull she was found to be an adult cow, 
probably about 5 years of age. She was above medium length, but slender and of 
rather less than medium weight. The throat was very dark brown in color, rusty 
below as well as above. The mammae were found to be fairly large and to have 
undergone pathological fatty degeneration. The glandular structure was obliterated. 
The ovaries were found to be small, about one-fourth the size of those of the virgin 
2-year-old cows recently examined. The fallopian tubes and uterus were similarly 
atrophied. The right ovary contained a small Graafian follicle and egg. The 
germinal spot was visible in the egg and not impregnated. There was evident no 
sign of impregnation or of capacity for impregnation. No signs of corpus luteum or 


scars of previous impregnation were visible. The opening of bladder was so small as 
to require a probe to find it. There was no trace of hypertbinia, the tissues being pale 
and bloodless." 


Ketuming from Reef Kookery, a bull was seen on Zoltoi Sands that dragged his 
hind nippers as thougli from an injured back. Jacob was sent to shoot him. But the 
bull ran around the eastern end of the crowd of sleeping bachelors and roused them 
up. When he found that Jacob was after him he straightened up and got out of the 
way as if nothing was the matter. By this time the whole crowd of about a thousand 
bachelors was in motion toward the edge of the cliff, being deterred from taking the 
usual runway to the sea by the presence of the crowd of men on the sands. The herd 
stretched out in a long, narrow line. When the first ones reached the edge of the 
cliff, which is about 15 feet high, those in advance turned back, but the crowd pressed 
on from behind and they began to drop one by one over the clift' in a way that seemed 
to indicate that the whole lot would eventually make the trip. The men were sent to 
turn them back. The fall was a severe one, but none of the score or more seals which 
went over showed evidence of injury; all swam off swiftly and strongly. 


To make further test of the probable presence of virgin females among the 
holostiaki, we went to Lukanin Eookery, and the Aleuts rounded up another large 
pod of bachelors. The hauling ground of this rookery seems to be a favorite one for 
the yearlings, as a very large percentage of the seals in each drive from this rookery 
are of this class. 

One by one the little yearlings were drawn off until 17 had been examined. All 
were bachelors. The rest in the pod were so evidently bachelors that further 
examination was discontinued. There is, therefore, nothing so far to show that the 
yearling females associate with the males on the hauling grounds, at least at this 

To-day in looking over Lukauin sand beach, 25 bulls are seen to be hauled out 
where only 5 were counted on the 23d of July. These mark the withdrawal of the 
harem bulls from the breeding grounds. 

To-day is unusually clear, and the outlines of the island can be seen distinctly. 
St. George is plainly visible. The smooth surface of the sea seems alive with seals 
far out. 


On the way home from Lukanin, Dr. Jordan found in the grass, a third of a mile 
west of Lukanin Hill, a pup prematurely gray, half starved, and blind. He had 
evidently been there many days, as the grass about him was all beaten down. The 
pup was brought home and put in the box with the one from Zapadni. The big strong 
one examined him closely at first, smelling of him as if to see whether he knew him. 
After a little the pups began fighting, the blind one snapping at the other 


After the examination of the yearlings, observations were made on the swimming 
pups under the cliff overlooking Lukanin. Many pups were at the edge of the water 


learning to swim. No cows were with them. The little fellows began by dropping 
off' the rocks into the water and then scrambling back again. On a second trial they 
would go a short distance, apparently having difficulty in keeping their heads above 
water or in getting them up when they wanted to breathe. They would always raise 
their heads with a gasp. In the course of two hours considerable progress seemed 
noticeable. Some of the little fellows were able to swim about 25 feet or more. After 
going this distance they would apparently turn in great haste to reach the shore, not 
stopping till they were out of the water. One could imagine they were just a little 
afraid. They would soon drop off into the water and try it again. Occasionally two 
or three would swim some distance down the beach, 10 or 12 feet out from the shore, to 
a large rock. Some returned by water, others came out on the rocks and remained 
there. These were evidently beginners. Others were swimming fearlessly. 

The pups soon become accustomed to the water, and are to be seen playing 
with each other, biting and pulling one another about much as on the land. When 
one gets out on a rock another will attempt to push him off', or it may be that a big 
wave will push several of the pups off some Hat rock, and the first one to recover his 
position will try to prevent the others from lauding. 

A little bachelor swims up to a pup out a rod or two in the water and takes him 
by the neck as if to duck him. The pup makes for shore, breaking away from the 
bachelor and raising his head gasping. Seeing the bachelor following, he climbs the 
rocks, not stopping till he is far up in the rookery. -The bachelor swims out to other 
pups. There are other bachelors about, but neither they nor the cows seem to pay 
any attention to the pups. Cows from the water are passing out and in, shoving the 
pups out of their way as they go. There is nothing, beyond the interference noted, 
that resembles helping the pups learn to swim, and the bachelor's intention was 
evidently to have fun with the pups rather than to assist them. 

A pup in the water was seen to take a long piece of kelp and swim away with it, 
soon dropping it. Another takes it up. This is what has given rise to the theory of 
the pups feeding on kelp. There is no apparent intention to eat. They simply play 
with the kelp as a dog would play with a stick. 

cows AND PUPS. 

Many wet cows are coming out of the water at this point. One just in is calling. 
Three or four pups are hanging about her, but she snaps at them and pushes them 
away. They understand quickly enough that she is not their mother, and leave her. 
Though watched during the space of an hour, she does not get her pup. She presently 
stops calling. Perhaps her pup is one of those swimming and does not hear her. She 
is apparently content. 

Another cow comes in and in two minutes her pup is nursing. The wetness of the 
cow has evidently nothing to do with the matter. If the pup turns up immediately 
and is anxious for it, he gets his dinner at once. If he is asleep or playing, his mother 
may or may not hunt him up, and she may prefer not to see him until she is dry. The 
pups she pushes away are simply not hers. Still another wet cow comes in. She finds 
her pup waiting for her at the water's edge, and it nurses immediately. 

At the same time there are three cows almost dry, showing that they have been 
out of the water some time, which have no pups. One of them is calling lustily. 


lu company with three wet cows is a very little one, probably a virgin female, or 
possibly a yearling male. The little animal goes up and rests in the outermost harem. 
It is not noticed by the bull. 


Many half bulls are invading the rookeries from the water. Five are seen within 
a short space. Some have harems of one or two cows each. Others try to intercept 
cows going to or coming from the water. They may round up virgins later on. The 
old bulls pay little attention now to these intruders. 

A big bull comes in out of the water. As soon as he gets on the rocks he roars 
excitedly, making a bee line for the edge of the cliff and attacking a gray 6-year-old 
who is surrounded by a number of pups but no cows. After a brief fight he throws 
the gray fellow out, getting his eye laid open. Then he rushes at the bull on the right; 
returns and drives the gray fellow farther down. It looks as though the old fellow 
had had a harem there and the claim had been jumped while he was in the water. 


It has been suggested that the animals that lie stretched out full length are 
''injured in the lumbar region." The number of such animals must be very great. 
Within the range of the eye on this rookery there are 10 old bulls in harems lying 
at full length either on the back, the side, or the belly. Within the same space, 
without making a close count, there are 20 cows in the same position. While this 
position seems a favorite one, every other conceivable attitude is assumed by the 
sleeping animals. Many are seen lying on rocks with their heads hanging down. 

VIRGIN cows. 

In a harem under the cliff are 3 clean, fresh, little cows that are evidently virgins 
lately in from the water. One lies on her back. An inquisitive pup noses about her. 
She folds her flippers over her belly and does not even wake up. Another bites 
sharply at a pup. She has a different snap from a mother. 


On St. George Mr. Lucas visited Zapadni rookery, making these notes: 

The harems have moved a little uphill and decidedly away from the cliff. The 
majority of the cows are in one solid patch, but there are some straggling cows and 
harems from 100 to 150 yards back. There is no permanence to these latter harems, 
for the cows are nervous and the bulls chase them about so that now one bull and now 
another has the cows. 

The pups have for the most part gone down the slope under the cliff, where they 
fairly swarm; some are in the water. On top of the hill is 1 pup recently dead, with 
the remains of 2 others eaten by the foxes. 

There are still about 30 idle bulls around the upper part of rookery, most of them 
noisy and quarrelsome. Some of the bulls have mingled with the bachelors which 
struggle about the edges of the rookery or even enter it. 

Zapadni shows the decrease of seals better than any other rookery and is most 
impressive, as from the hillside it can all be seen at a glance, making comparison 


between present and past conditions easy. Hair and smooth stones cover the ground 
in places intermixed with vegetation, showing the former extent of the territory hauled 
over by the seals. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Gorbatch and Eeef rookeries in the afternoon. 


Under the cliff at Gorbatch a bull is seen copulating. The cow lies with her 
breast on a stone. She is an old cow and is very patient. Another cow is biting at 
the bull's neck. The cow herself reaches up and bites him. The bull and cow roll off 
the stone, but are not parted. The cow tries to get away, bites him severely in the 
neck. The bull will not let her go and holds her quite successfully with his fore flippers. 
The cow is satisfied. The bull lies back with his nose in the air and seems to sleep. 
He is wet, but probably from the surf, which throws spray on him. The harem is on 
the rocks at the water's edge. There are 8 cows in the harem and 2 pups. Other 
pups play near by. 


One big bull under the cliffs has more red in his coat than any other yet seen. It 
is noticeable that there is more diversity among the bulls as to color than is seen in 
the females. Some are creamy, others dark brown, this one reddish brown, some iron 
gray, some simply gray. One lying here looks as if he had dark rings across his gray 
back. He is fat and the rolls of blubber may give the ringlike appearance. Probably 
he has been out to sea to feed and has returned fat. He has evidently not suffered by 
fasting. 1 


Many pups are swimming to-day. There is no evidence that the cows are helping 
them to learn; in fact, none are near them. Cows going to and coming from the 
water pass them without notice. The holostiaki are here playing with the swimming 
pups as on Lukanin. 

Five dead pups can be counted on the rocks below. A dead pup, a large one, is 
seen lying on a flat rock about 10 feet from the edge of one of the outer harems on 
Gorbatch. It is full and plump. After some difficulty it is got out arid is found to 
be fresh. It was brought home for post-mortem examination. 

The pup was dissected by Dr. Voss. He found the vena cava and one auricle of 
the heart burst, evidently under pressure. The internal organism of the pup seemed 
otherwise all right. Death doubtless resulted from crushing under the weight of a 
bull. After the accident the pup must have crawled up on the rock to die. 

A pup is seen lying across the side of a sleeping cow. The pup's hind flippers are 
lapped over the cow's back. His head is down. He is taking his dinner under 
disadvantages, but he is getting it just the same. 

A cow is up on a rock at some distance in the rear of the last harem. She is 
looking into a crevice in the rock and calling, evidently trying to get her pup out. 
There is a pod of sleeping pups in there. 

1 In 1897 it was observed that the younger bulls went and came from the water more or less 
regularly. They probably fed also. 


Several virgin cows are grouped in small harems near the top of the rocky slope 
of Gorbatch. These small harems are evidently increasing from day to day. 

The white bull driven up yesterday on the parade ground with his harem is back 
in his old position with one cow. The cow stampedes on our approach. The bull acts 
as though the world were a hard one, and as though he owed us a big grudge. 

A young gray bull is fondling over a large pup which is lying on a small stone. 
A neighboring bull disturbs him. He returns and puts his nose down on the pup. 
Acts as though he would attempt copulation. The pup struggles out and runs away, 
the bull following. He is attacked by his neighbor, and, coming back, lies down by 
the stone. 


On the western slope of Gorbatch is a slide of smooth cinders which swarms with 
pups. The harems on this slide have gradually worked up the hill until the top ones 
are on the very brow of the parade ground. It is at the very top that the white bull 
is located. The slide is steep and the surface is hard. Any animal starting down is 
liable to slide to the very bottom, whether it will or not. A large number of half bulls 
have been seen to be thrown down here lately by the bulls. There are pups at every 
stage of the slide; but although there are hundreds of them about, none are seen 
dead, except one on a little angle, where it has evidently been crushed. It would be 
impossible for a bull to step on a pup here. He has to choose well his footing if he is 
not to slide ofl' into the sea. 


In a harem beside a stump of driftwood near the water's edge there is a newly 
born pup. The bull in the harem is greatly excited over something, acting as though 
he thought one of his cows was in heat. He follows her about until he has all the 
cows stirred up. When he comes near the little pup, the mother stands over it with 
an air of protection, lifting it out of the way of the bull, and fighting off' the other 
cows. The fresh red placenta shows that the pup is only a few hours old. Finally the 
cow in which the bull is interested gets away to the water. Several others go, too. 
Then the bull quiets down. 

One cow comes in wet from the sea. Before she is half way up the slide her pup 
meets her. He begins sucking as she stands waiting. In a few moments she starts 
on; the pup follows. She goes through a large pod of pups and lies down in the edge 
of them; the pup, which has followed her closely, settles down to nurse. In a few 
moments she turns over on the other side to give him a chance to complete his meal. 

A cow on a rock at the water's edge which a moment ago was calling loudly for 
her pup has it with her now, nursing in that rather difficult location. The pup is wet. 
He has evidently been swimming, and so was right at hand to respond to his mother's 
call. Evidently the rule that the pups must wait until the mother is dry has many 
exceptions. The mother is dripping wet, and both she and the pup are drenched by 
the surf, which sends spray over the rock. 

Another cow comes in and gets her pup at the foot of the slide. It follows her 
laboriously up the steep slope. She turns under a shelf of rock half way up and lets 
the little fellow feed. 


A mother comes up the full length of the slide and lies down iu a large pod of 
pups. She calls aud the pup comes to her at once, getting up from among his sleeping 
companions at the sound of her call. 

Other mothers are distributed about in various positions about the slide. Some 
are calling loudly and continuously for their pups without avail. Others are quietly 
resting. The pups are probably down at the foot of the slide swimming in the water. 
There is a little sheltered pool there with hundreds in it. 

In a harem, in a cleft about half way up the slide are two little mouse-colored 
cows, which seem to be virgins. The bull is very much interested in one of them. 


The bull in harem A is still under the bank and has 4 cows, with possibly 
more out of sight. The green-coated cow is not in sight. B has 8 cows; C, 23. X is 
now in D's old place, and seems to control 18 cows; they are very much scattered. 
When last seen, X was in the outer edge of C's harem, on the flat. He has evidently 
fought his way down the slide or else has been thrown down by bulls B and C. 

The water bull Z seems to be comfortably settled with three cows. It lends 
dignity even to an undersized bull to give him a harem to take care of. E has 9 
cows; F has 5. There seems to be a bull iu G's place perhaps he is himself back 
with 10 cows. 

As we go round to the end of the Eeef the cows in C and B are frightened and 
stampede down the slide. In ten minutes a half dozen are back on the flat. 
Doubtless all will be back in a short time. Y has disappeared. 


A wet cow is seen near Keef Point in a harem with two wounds on her left hip, 
which look as if made by a spear. Blood is 'oozing from them. 

A few feet farther on is the smallest animal 1 not a pup yet seen. It comes out 
of a crevice in the rocks from among a flock of pups. It is no larger than many of 
the pups, but is slimmer, and the head looks different. This must be a yearling 
female. She goes slowly down the rocks and swims lazily out to sea. The bull in 
whose harem she was pays no more attention to her than to a pup. 

Four or 5 virgin 2-year-olds are seen in small harems about Townsend's cross. 
In one of these single harems is a cow which evidently does not know what fear is. 
She lets us come within a few feet of the rock on which she sits. Her bull is very 
much excited, and is more fearful than she, but he has a little too much pride to 
desert her. If she would go, he would be glad to go with her. These little harems 
of virgins are to be seen all along the outer edge of the reef. There is no longer any 
mystery concerning the whereabouts of the virgin females. 

It is to be noted that on the Eeef, in every instance, the harems have extended 
out beyond Towusend's crosses, some of them even to the extent of 150 feet. But 
this plainly has nothing to do with the extent of the rookery in the breeding season. 
The cows are gradually working back from the beaches to the uplands. 

The bull whose young cow was shot the other day seems to still linger near the 
scene. His lower teeth are in a bad shape, but not wholly lost. 

1 Later observations show this to have been a yearling cow, the first one seen. 


Oil July 30 there was the severest surf of the season, and coming from the south- 
west it beat without restraint on Ardigueu, but no drowned pups are seen. When 
the surf breaks directly the pups withdraw. No " deadly surf nip " of any conse- 
quence has been seen, and certainly no dead pups as a result of it. 


Dr. Voss supplies the following full record of the autopsy of the dead pup from 
Gorbatch: "The muscular system of the animal was intact; no evident wound was 
found on the head or under the skin. The stomach was full of milk; the heart full 
of venous blood; blood was found in pericardium from the ruptured vessels; the gall 
bladder was somewhat injured by pressure; there was some congestion of the lungs. 
Death evidently resulted from being stepped upon, the pressure bursting the right 
auricle at the entrance of the vena cava. The rupture of a blood vessel of tbe heart 
was the immediate cause of death." 

The pup was found on a flat rock at the top of the rocky slope of Gorbatch, high 
above the sea. This examination shows that even the largest pups may sometimes 
be killed by the bulls. The little ones of a few days old, if stepped upon squarely, 
must die, although most of those we have seen under the feet of the bulls get up 


The dead pups thus far have either been crushed by the bulls or starved as the 
result of straying, or else trampled by the bachelors. No other cause has been noted, 
and more than half of the dead pups have been small ones with the umbilical cord 
attached. The places of their death have been chiefly the sandy areas. The piling 
of stones in these flats and depressions would save a great many pups. They would 
receive protection in the crevices of the rocks, and the bulls would not be so likely to 
set their full weight upon them. It is at any rate to be noted that few, if any, dead 
pups are to be seen in the harems that lie on the loose bowlders of the water front 
and under the cliffs. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Lukanin rookery in the afternoon. 

Heavy rain fell during the forenoon, slackening somewhat at noon, but resuming 
again later in the afternoon. A heavy surf was coming in on Lukanin and Kitovi 


The rookeries are wet and muddy. Each seal and pup, where possible, is perched 
on a rock to be out of the mud. A favorite attitude in the rain is for the animal to 
sit up dozing, with the head thrown back and the nose high in the air. All look 
uncomfortable, but not as though they suffered. A few seals are in the sea despite 
the high surf. No pups are trying the open water. This rookery is sheltered from the 
wind, but not from the surf, which is from the east. When a strong wind has been 
blowing from any direction for a few days a sort of return swell is started on the 
opposite side of the island. Many of the pups were huddled under rocks and 
overhanging edges of the cliffs. 



A freshly dead pup lay near the aiigle of the cliff; also a dead cow. The latter 
was found to be too rotten to handle. The pup had not been long dead. It was 
brought home for dissection, to determine cause of death. Dr. Voss reported on 
examination that there was a slight contusion of the liver, and the lungs were 
completely collapsed. The other organs of the pup were uninjured. A big bull had 
evidently squatted on the pup and crushed the breath out of it. 

Under a corner of the cliff is a cavern extending in some 10 or 12 feet. This 
place is literally packed with pups trying to get away from the storm. It seems as 
if they must smother, so closely are they packed. The little fellows snarl and spit 
at the intruder like tomcats. 

In trying to get the dead pup away, a live pup was encountered, which sat on a 
stone near by and refused to budge, growling, snapping, and in all respects acting on 
a smaller scale as the master of a harem might have acted. The pups evidently 
inherit the dispositions of their fathers. 

The blind pup brought the other night from Lukauin, and kept in the box with 
the stray pup from Zapadui died to-day. He was nearly starved when found. The 
Zapadni pup is still vigorous. 


It is evident that the seals prefer to sit up during the rain rather than to lie on 
the wet rocks. The showing of heads on the ridge of the Lagoon, as seen from the 
window of the company's house, is like the teeth of a saw. On ordinary days only 
the heads of a few old bulls can be made out at this distance, but to-day there are 
hundreds of upraised heads. The seals do not seem to take to the sea in very great 
numbers on rainy days. 


I visited north rookery of St. George. A strong southwest wind, with rain, is 
blowing. The bachelors were on laud much as usual, but more wakeful and restless; 
the harems were about as full as usual. Many pups have worked down from the 
hillside to seek the shelter of the bowlders. 

The rain washes the rookery slopes in places and brings to light the bones of long- 
dead pups. Two fresh placentae are seen, indicating that pups are still being born. 

A stone on which a holostiak was seen lying was measured, the size being about 
that of the adult female. One animal sleeps comfortably on a stone 18 by 28 inches. 
Two have plenty of room on a stone 28 by 39 inches. 

One 5-year-old bull wanders over the hill voiding excrement, which shows he must 
have fed quite recently. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark walked to Tolstoi, then to Zapadni Reef, crossing the 
island to Lukanin Beach, and returning by way of that rookery. 

The weather has cleared somewhat, but the southeast gale continues and a 
tremendous surf is breaking everywhere. 



Much has been said about the fur seal's sense of smell. It is claimed that if 
you go on the windward side of a seal he will detect you at once and awake. We 
walked up on a bull from the windward side, approaching to within 10 feet without 
awakening him. After standing beside him for an instant he awakened, opened his 
eyes and looked at us sharply before he got out of the way. Whatever message his 
sense of smell conveyed to him, it was the sense of sight that he obeyed. 


A dead bull was seen lying above one of the crosses in the area occupied by the 
idle bulls. The cause of death was not apparent, and the animal was too much 
decomposed for examination. We saw a large gray bull with a wound in the shoulder, 
from which pus was flowing. This and the wound on the head of the dying pup 
at Poloviua are the only instances so far where wounds have shown evidence of 

There is a tendency on the part of the holostiaki on Tolstoi to stampede right down 
through the harems to the beach, and on the occasion of every visit to this rookery 
many half bulls are seen to make their way down the cliff and across the sands, in 
every case occasioning numerous disturbances in the harems. This rookery seems to 
be unfortunate in not having anywhere in its entire length a runway for the bachelors 
to haul out. They are forced to follow down to the angle of the sands, climb the hill, 
and work back to their hauling ground behind the hill slope of the rookery. It is 
possible that some of them work up through the rookery, but none have been noticed. 
If they tried this early in the season it is not wonderful that numerous pups are killed 
by the fights thus occasioned. Besides this, the harems tend to mass in a long tongue- 
like projection at the point about which bachelors must haul out. In going to the sea 
the bachelors try to avoid the long detour, and whenever they go into the harems there 
is constant disturbance. 

Unless the holostiaki are in rapid motion, the remonstrance of a bull stops them. 
This is certainly true during the close breeding season. Now, however, many of 
the young fellows persist in going through the rookery regardless of the bulls, and 
are able to do so. 

There are many virgin females in the outlying harems on the slope of Tolstoi. In 
approaching a rock for the purpose of getting a view of the dead-pup area a harem 
was stampeded, all the cows but one leaving the bull. She was evidently a virgin. 
Within a few yards two other bulls were guarding other virgins, one each. They 
apparently think more of them than of a whole harem of adult cows. 

A pod of pups was closely approached. They growled lazily, but made no move 
to get away until an effort was made to touch them, then one snapped angrily at the 
outstretched hand, and the whole lot hurried off. 


The gully at Zapadni, where the excessive mortality of pups was noted, is, like 
Tolstoi, a place where many bachelors try to make a short cut to the sea, and as the 
gully is narrow their passage results in great confusion and in the trampling of many 
pups. One might appropriately say that the gully at Zapadui, the sands of Tolstoi, 


and the similar angle at Poloviiia are "death traps" for pups. At these points the 
greatest mortality of pups has been noted. It would be a good idea if in the winter 
time a lot of bowlders from the slope above Tolstoi could be rolled into the sand flat. 
The pups like to lie on the sand. 1 Were there bowlders scattered about on it the 
pups would be protected against the movements of the bulls. 


jA. very heavy surf is breaking to-day on Tolstoi sand beach, and scores of dead 
pups are being washed up. They lie in a wiudrow on the sands, while a mass of them 
is thrown up and sucked back by the "waves. Many of the pups are hairless, and all 
are rotten, making dissection impossible. Most give external evidence of having 
been crushed. None are emaciated. Most, but not quite all, are very young. There 
are 185 in all on the beach. The sands along the beach are strewn with the bones of 
dead pups of other years. The pups have not been drowned. All give evidence of 
having been dead a long time. This has been our first heavy gale. The pups are 
evidently washed from the entire sea front of Tolstoi rookery. The southwest gale is 
blowing squarely into English Bay. It strikes the front of Tolstoi rookery at the 
headland, and the end of each wave sweeps the full length of the rookery front, 
washing out and carrying to the foot of the bar all the dead pups lying below high- 
water mark, finally throwing them on the sands. 

This is certainly a new phase of the dead-pup question, for none of these pups 
are from those counted on the sand tract. This rookery must have a heavy percentage 
of dead pups. When the gale subsides it may be possible to pass between the 
harems and water and make further investigation of the condition of things. 

In addition to those counted there are probably 50 more dead pups in the surf at 
the angle of the bay, all apparently in the same condition. One dead cow lies among 
the pups on the beach. She, too, has been washed in from some point on the rookery. 
She is too rotten for dissection. 

All these pups have probably been crushed. Many show the umbilical cord still 
attached. One pup is seen with hair intact, but proves also to be rotten. At a little 
distance is a small female pup r which is fresh. On examination the pericardium is 
found suffused with arterial blood. The right auricle is ruptured. The pup is rather 
small and lean. The stomach is empty. The lungs are normal, but very little inflated. 
Probably an astray trampled in a rush of bachelors, for it lies in a place over which 
many of them pass in going to the water. All the dead pups seen, except the one 
examined, seem to have been dead from two to four weeks. 2 


In passing along the sand beach of English Bay opportunity was afforded for 
further testing the seal's power of scent. The beach was lined with sleeping bulls. 
Passing between them and the water brought us directly on the windward side. 

1 The investigations of 1897 show that in the presence of the dangerous parasitic worm which 
infests the sands these places become exceedingly fatal to the young pups. 

2 The phenomenon of dead pups here witnessed on the beach of English Bay is that which was 
noted by Tingle in 1886, and by Elliott in 1890, .and erroneously charged to the effects of the "deadly 
surf nip." The pups were probably not closely inspected. 


Most of them were passed at close range without being awakened. Some few of the 
bulls were startled, in most cases by the snorting of bulls nearer to us and awake. 
It is the noise and not the odor that first alarms them. 


On the hauling ground of Zapadni Reef there were fully 2,000 yearling bachelors 
hauled out. They have been extending their hauling ground recently and have 
trampled down several rods of the grass-grown area. Along the stones were numbers 
of detached bachelors sleeping. On going up to one a cane was pushed gently 
against his nose without awakening him. Another was approached on the windward 
side and stroked for some time with a walking stick before he awoke. Two others 
were rubbed in .the same way. They sleep very soundly. Later on 2 outlying bulls 
asleep on the sand were approached to within less than 10 feet on the windward side 
without awakening them. One of these was lying on his side, with his nose directly 
toward us. It was only when he opened his eyes that he took any alarm at our 
presence. While the sense of smell may help the seal some, there is nothing 
remarkable about it. None of its senses seem remarkably acute. 

On the breeding ground, which fronts on English Bay, a tremendous surf was 
breaking. On going down to the water's edge in one of the bachelor runways a number 
of virgins in single harems were seen in charge of water bulls. One of these ran a 
little way into the water on our approach. The bull went after her, and a great 
were struck them and turned them over. He held her there during our stay, 
alternately on the rocks and submerged in the water. 


The angle of Lukanin beach, where it might be expected that dead pups from 
Kitovi and Lukauin would be washed up, was visited on our return. None were 
found, and those seen there before had been washed away. There are, however, no 
sandy depressions on these rookeries, and few dead pups are to be expected. 

A 4-year-old bull lies dead on the beach at the foot of the hauling ground on 
Lukanin, too far up to have been washed there by the surf. His fore flippers are 
badly swollen. On opening, one is found to be shot through with buckshot and 
broken. Maggots were seen on one nipper. A dead pup lies near by, probably an 
estray killed by the bachelors. It is too rotten for dissection. 

A young holostiak lying at some distance alone wakened with difficulty, sits 
up, and seems ready to fight at first, but moves away languidly, voiding excrement of 
a thin, watery nature containing worms. The animal acts as though it were weak 
and sick. 


Strong southwest wind, but no rain. Seals are not obviously more abundant on 
North rookery than yesterday. On the east end of the rookery the bachelors are 
numerous, having hauled out on the slope. 

The pups are again back on the slope, from which they moved yesterday on 
account of the rain; many cows are with them. It is too windy to go over to Zapadni 
to see if any pups have been drowned. One of the pups noted yesterday as being 
newly born is dead this morning. 


One thing badly needed, is charts of the various rookeries in perspective, showing 
the chief topographical features, such as conspicuous rocks, gullies, outlying rocks, 
and small bays. On one of these it would be practicable to plot the distribution of 
the seals from year to year in such a way as to show any marked changes. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark, with Jacob Kochuten and the mule team, went to 
Polovina to see what effect the storm had had on the pups there. 

It was rather a surprise to find the sky entirely clear and the sun shining brightly. 
This is the first occurrence of this kind since our arrival on the islands. 


At the angle of Polovina rookery with the sandy beach where, on the 23d instant, 
a number of dead pups were noted, we found 28 pups washed up in the same manner 
and in the same condition as those at Tolstoi. The dead pups were swollen, denuded 
of fur in most cases, many having the umbilical cord attached, and all having the 
appearance of being crushed. All were too far gone for dissection. 

The cows were absent from the harems on the extreme point at the angle, though 
the pups were huddled together and sleeping on the rocks. The harems on the sandy 
beach have deserted to the rocky level above. The recent surf ran completely over 
the ground they formerly occupied. 

With a glass 30 other dead pups were counted among the rocks at the foot of the 
low cliff and on the edge of the cliff above. A depressed smooth tract leads down to 
the cliff. This throughout its length is strewn at intervals with dead pups. Twenty- 
eight are counted above the last lot. There are doubtless many more among the 
flocks of black pups that gather on the tract. The bulls here are numerous, and on 
the 23d of July were very restless and quarrelsome. They are still fighting, more or 
less. All but a very few of the pups have the appearance of being dead a long time. 
Two fresh ones are gathered in for examination. 

The harems on the rocks which extend out to a point and which are not much 
above the level of the water at high tide have been driven in, and we find no difficulty 
in passing along the edge under the cliff, a thing which we could not do on the 23d 
of July. 

Hundreds of pups are swimming in the pools among these low-lying rocks. They 
scamper away to the cliffs, spitting and snarling at us for disturbing their sport. One 
little fellow gets cut off and sees no way of escape except to follow out to sea one of 
the channels through which the water is rushing in. He tries it for a few feet, but 
hurries back. Then he goes out again on seeing us. After we are past he comes in 
and runs off to the cliffs. There are bachelor seals playing in the pools with the 
little pups, but no mother seals. Some of the little fellows swim well. There are a 
few dead pups among the stones, but not many, or they are not easily seen. 

Virgins are plentiful. A big plump cow sits in an uneasy position on a stone and 
is watched over by a young bull. She is wet, just in from the sea. Jacob says she 
carries an unborn pup. 

Two dead bulls are to be seen on the rookery, one in a position often assumed by 
the bulls in rest lying flat on the stomach. A number of the dead bulls seen on the 


various rookeries have been in this position ; notably one on the Keef, which lies in the 
same position as one of these. At a distance one could imagine them sleeping. These 
bulls are in a position where they can not be reached, and they are too rotten to 
handle. These, as well as the cows seen dead on the rookeries, seem all to have died 
a very long time ago early in the season. 

Passing along the front, 2 dead pups are all that are to be seen on the rocks at 
this point; doubtless some are hidden. Ten are counted on the sandy tract above the 
cliff edge, 4 additional ones beyond, making 14 in all. 

A crushed pup is found in a crevice in the rocks, in which a dozen or fifteen 
others are huddled. They are piled thick upon him. He has the umbilical cord 
attached. It can not be determined whether the pups have crushed him or not. He 
could not have been born in there, but could have fallen down from the edge of the 
cliff, which is 15 feet high at this point and covered to the edge with harems. 


All the little caves and hiding places under the cliffs of Polovina are full of 
pups. A cow makes her way up the runway, apparently with the placenta still 
hanging from her. A dead and rotten cow lies at the foot of the cliff. It is near this 
place that the bleeding cow was seen on the 23d of July. It can not, however, be the 
same. The harem is apparently gone, but the pups are there still, 4 of them. 

To a young bachelor the most alarming thing that can happen is to find himself 
away from the herd. The bachelors stay nearer the rookeries now, and young cows 
are mixed in with them in charge of young bulls. The idle bulls are notably fewer, 
many of them having gone to take the place of harem masters who have left. 

The cows now run away readily from the pups. The young bulls desert likewise in 
isolated harems. Virgins are about everywhere with bulls. Many are on the hauling 
ground, and the young bulls have trouble in holding their impromptu harems in the 
mass of holostiaki. They keep up a great groaning and fussing. 

It is to be noticed that Polovina. like Tolstoi, has no runway for the bachelors to 
haul out in. The hauling ground lies behind the rookery and has to be reached by 
passing around the angle of the beach or up through a slide in the cliffs above the 
rookery. The holostiaki show a tendency to stampede through the harems, as on 
Tolstoi, though not so many are seen to do it. 

Harems are creeping up through the breaks in the cliffs beyond the main part of 
Polovina. Two very large harems are now on the level where we walked on the 23d 
without disturbing any. Another is far out, 20 or 30 yards, containing no pups, and is 
probably made up of virgins. There are pups in the other harems. 


A slow-moving cow is awakened from sleep outside the lines of harems; she 
moves as though weak through sickness or old age. If her trouble is due to old age 
she is the first seen. Before she can be secured she has entered the line of harems, 
and we lose sight of her. 

Seven dead pups are counted in the hauling ground at some distance from the 
edge of the rookery. Three that are fresh enough to admit of examination are taken. 
The others are too far gone. 


The whole upper part of Polovina is a depressed area covered with sand packed 
hard and mixed with small bowlders, but few large rocks. In a hollow where it 
broadens below there are 30 dead pups not counted from below. There is still much 
fighting among the old bulls in this hollow. 

Fifteen more dead pups are on the top of slope in the edge of the harems. A 
number are fished out with a bamboo pole and hook. Most are in a rotten condition. 
Half a dozen of the freshest ones are taken for dissection. One pup was found lying 
on a sharp stone, the impression of which could be seen in its breast when it was 
turned over. No doubt was left as to the cause of its death. This is one of the worst 
of the rookeries as regards the fighting and stampeding of bachelors. The higher 
ground is especially bad. There is still many superfluous bulls. 


It is very hard to awaken sleeping pups. You can sit down in the midst of a 
pod and rub their noses without disturbing them. When once awake they sniff at 
you and when they take in the situation they hasten away snarling and protesting 
vigorously. The awaking of one does not necessarily wake the others. The last little 
fellow allows himself to be rolled over and over before he opens his eyes. He sits for 
a moment looking curiously, then moves off. After getting away a few feet it seems to 
dawn on him that something is wrong and he sets up a vigorous snapping and 
snarling, at the same time hastening away. 

One pup in a pool is seen shaking a piece of kelp in his jaws as a little puppy 
dog would play with a piece of stick. 


An old bull with an injured back is shot. His skin is taken for museum purposes. 
He does not show any recent injury. Probably an old injury now healed, but leaving 
the animal a cripple. The rough hurried dissection does not show it. 

We are now back at the angle from which we started, having circled the rookery. 
The pups we routed out at first and also the cows on the rocks at the water's edge, 
are all back as though not disturbed. Hundreds and hundreds of pups are swimming 
and sporting in the tide pools of the rocky reef here at low tide. The water at a 
distance of 10 or 15 yards is alive with holostiaki. They stand up and gaze with an 
inquisitive stare, approaching us as closely as they dare, to witness the skinning of 
the bull. All the neighboring bulls show a mild interest in this. Occasionally a 
bachelor takes fright and rushes madly out to sea, the others following; but they are 
quickly back again. 

It is always the sudden movement, whether of a stranger or of one of their own 
number, that alarms the seals. They act very differently in the sea from what they 
do on land when alarmed. When they have the sea behind them they are confident 
of their ability to escape and are much more daring. 


A bull quickly knows when he is outclassed in a fight and gets away as soon as 
he can, pretending not to notice his opponent further. If he turns on his pursuer it 
is to save his hide, not to renew the fight. When he turns, the bull following will 
stop. Then it is not difficult for the defeated bull to make his escape. The old bulls 


are not much inclined to follow up the young- bulls just now, and protest feebly against 
their presence in and about the rookeries. They are growing lean, and their courage 
and pugnacity goes with the loss of fat. 

In the state of nature the superabundance of fighting males would greatly tend 
to diminish the rate of increase of the seal herd. This check has perhaps prevented 
them from outrunning their food supply. 

Many of the dead cows seen of late seem to date back to the time when those 
were killed at Vostoshni. Probably all were either shot by poachers or killed by bulls 
at about the time of parturition. 

A virgin cow in charge of a large bull in the rear of the rookery shows signs of 
coming in heat. The bull smells her over and mounts her, she assisting him; but he 
withdraws and lies down. Tries again, and again leaves her. This is the first 
approach to lack of virility that has been seen. There may be some other cause for 
the bull's failure. The bull is a strong and vigorous looking fellow, but young. After 
fifteen minutes there is no evident disposition to resume. The bull lies sleeping and 
the cow sits pruning herself. 

Among the pups at Polovina there is occasionally seen one with eyes stuck 
together by mattery excretions aggravated by sand. Doubtless the sand causes 
irritation and suppuration. 

Seven pups are gathered in that are fresh enough to be examined, and will be 
brought home. Footing up the various groups of dead pups counted we find that this 
rookery shows a total of 171 by this superficial count. It will be necessary to make 
a more thorough examination. This mortality among the pups becomes a matter of 
considerable interest and importance, as these pups have all died prior to any possible 
effects of pelagic sealing, which does not begin until August 1. 


In the afternoon Dr. Jordan, assisted by Dr. Voss, dissected the pups brought in 
from Polovina. Mr. Stanley-Brown, Judge Crowley, and Mr. Macoun were present at 
the examination. The following is the record : ! 

1. A large well-fed pup; the pleural cavity found to contain a teacupful of blood; 
lungs utterly crushed and dark purple with congestion; liver crushed, full of contusions; 
right kidney contused; other organs uninjured; stomach containing some milk; pup 
saved in alcohol. 

2. A young, well-nourished female pup, with umbilical cord attached; lungs 
crushed and congested, the lobes full of blood; heart contused, its blood vessels 
congested; liver congested and full of blood; stomach empty; kidneys intact, saved 
in alcohol; the bones very soft and flexible, do not break. 

3. Moderate-sized female pup; fat; sleek skin; no blood in pleural cavity; lungs 
empty and crushed flat as if sat upon; liver, kidneys, and heart normal; stomach 
empty; not badly crushed, but enough to kill. 

1 By the investigations of 1897 we are led to believe that the great majority of these seen on 
Polovina died as a result of the parasitic worm Uncinaria. That thes*' dissections show so evidently 
crushing or trampling to be the cause of death is explained by the fact that the pups, weak and 
dying from Cncinaria, readily fell victims to the trampling of the bulls, which became the immediate 
cause of death. 

15184, PT 2 9 


4. Large female pup, well fed; lungs perfectly flat and empty; lias been sat 
upon and smothered, as if under a crushing weight; heart and kidneys intact; liver 
slightly contused; stomach full of milk. 

5. Large female pup, well fed; lungs crushed and congested; liver with slight 
contusion; milk in stomach; heart not injured, vessels full of blood; other organs 

6. Oldish male pup, very lean, taken from among the bachelors, probably run 
over and crushed by them while weak from hunger; lungs completely crushed; liver 
and other organs uninjured. 

7. Male pup, very lean ; no fat; one lung badly crushed ; heart contused; liver 
congested; stomach empty; died from crushing, under pressure; probably trampled 
upon by bachelors while weak and hungry. 


None of the drives can now be shortened except to the disadvantage of the seals, 
because the killing grounds are best located near ponds into which the animals can 
be turned to cool off and refresh themselves. The nearest ponds are at present 
utilized. A killing ground sometimes used for the Tolstoi drives has a pond near by 
in the early part of the season, which later becomes dry. After the water has gone, 
unless the weather is particularly favorable, the seals must be taken on some distance 
further to the Ice House Lake. l 

It is to be remembered that the temperature of the water of the ponds into which 
the seals are turned to cool off is warmer than that of the ocean. The temperature 
of the water in the killing season is very much higher than is the sea in winter. No 
seal has ever been known to show sign of a chill. The nearest approach to it is 
when a southwest rain, accompanied by wind, beats upon the animal, parting its fur 
and making it look miserable. Its discomfort is due not to the cold but to the beating 
of the rain. It is doubtful if, with the thick fur, and especially the blanket of blubber 
which the seal possesses, it is at all affected by the temperature of the water. 

A 5-year-old bull, castrated by some unknown cause, is reported as found on St. 
Paul some years ago. It had fine, soft, smooth fur, above the average in value as 
in size. This raises the question whether it is possible to practice castration for the 
purpose of letting the bachelors grow older and larger before killing. The skin of a 
5-year-old without the wig would be a magnificent one. 


It is no more surprising that the families on Lagoon rookery go on their way in 
full sight of St. Paul village, one-third of a mile away, than that St. Paul village goes 
on with the rookery so near. Neither the seals nor the Aleuts can see the inside 
household workings of the other; and each is wholly indifferent to the presence of 
the other. 

The bull seal is far more dangerous to man than he imagines man to be to him. 
If the bull seal were as aggressive as he is strong, he would drive man from the 
island. But he never pursues; he only guards his home. 

1 This note is influenced by the current belief held by the people of St. Paul. It is still a fact 
that the great killing ground on St. George has no water. AVhile water is desirable it is not essential. 



The living pup kept for the purpose of experimeutation in the matter of starvation 
weighs 12 pounds to-day. It was picked up on Zapadni August 1. 

It is said that pups have been brought up to the village before. They can not be 
made to eat. Cow's milk, pumped into them with a syringe, was ejected. They would 
not take anything, and invariably died. As a rule, they never seemed to get tame, 
and remained just as savage as ever. Messrs. Webster and Morgan are said to have 
succeeded once in getting one to eat bread, fish, etc. It became tame, and used to go 
back and forth to the beach, finally becoming a nuisance, crawling into berths at night, 
etc. It went away at last, and was not seen again. No other was ever known to eat, 
and this story of "Little Jimmy" may be apocryphal. 

Two 2-year-old fur seals were taken down to San Francisco in 1891 to the Wood- 
ward Gardens. They refused to eat anything, and escaped once by climbing a wire 
fence. They were retaken, but died in about six months. They must, of course, have 
eaten something to have lived so long. To thoroughly test the feasibility of main- 
taining the fur seal in captivity the pup should be taken when a few hours old. They 
could then be taught to feed. When older they will not. 


The following miscellaneous notes were obtained in interviews with residents on 
St. Paul: 

Bulls first reach islands, depending on the season, from the 5th to the 10th of 
May. They sometimes come as late as the 1st of June. The bulk arrive about May 20. 

The cows first come about June 10; rarely earlier. Most come about July 15. 

The first pups are born about June 15. None known to be born on the snow. 
Some are said to have been born on the ice, but none have been seen by Mr. Redpath. 

The bachelors 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds come on the hauling grounds by May 15. 
The yearlings appear later about the middle of July, more or less. Many bachelors, 
from 2 to 5 years old, stay till the middle of January. 

The bulls leave from and after August 1. Some stay till November, but most of 
them leave in August. The cows and pups leave together the latter part of November, 
depending on the condition of the weather. They leave on account of the winter 
storms, and all go within two or three days. 

The pups are not weaned on the island. They nurse as long as they stay. When 
pups were killed in November they were always found with milk only in their stomachs. 

The statement that the driveways were lined with carcasses of seals that died on 
the road was probably true in very early times, before 1870. At this time long drives 
were common. Sixteen skins is the most ever known to be taken from seals that died 
on the way. This was on a drive in dry, sultry weather from Tolstoi to Lagoon killing 
ground. It occurred in the eighties. 

Road skins were taken on one or two drives from the Reef and Tolstoi this year. 
In these cases the tired animals might have recovered, but were killed to save time. 

The natives do their work now just as they have always done it. Government 
agents were not required to appear on the killing ground until five or six years ago. 
They often did so, but were not under obligation to do so. 


The pods of seals driven up to the clubbers are about the same size as always. 
Occasionally the club is thrown at an escaping killable seal. It brings down the 
animal almost as surely as if struck by the club in the hand. Sometimes a killable 
seal is struck in this way among the bulls which can not otherwise be reached. This 
method of killing, however, is discouraged by the Government officials because of 
criticism, and is not often resorted to. 

No females are driven up from the rookeries. Occasionally a female hauls up 
with the bachelors, especially after the last of July, and gets driven in. They are 
never found in the early part of July. Such females are easily recognized and rejected 
by the clubbers. 


On the Reef, Dr. Jordan found that the 2 little cows seen at the Point on Sunday 
were gone. The rocks were drenched with surf, which is still high. The isolated 
harem on the west side contains the bull, 2 cows, and several pups, all drenched with 
surf. The wounded cow is also gone. 


The bull Z is in his place. The young bull Y has several cows near him, and 
thinks he owns them; he tries to round them up. 

The white half bull on Zoltoi occupies the same place as for a week or more, on 
the rocks above the water. 


Only 4 dead pups washed up by the surf are seen on Gorbatch. The waves 
are excessively high. A seal in a breaking wave looks like a great fish. But 1 
dead pup to be seen in the long slide at Gorbatch Point. So steep is it that the 
moving bulls slip and shove the pups along without trampling them. 

The seals at Gorbatch have for the most part moved up out of the reach of the 
surf. There are 3 seal-lion bulls lying out on the rocks at the point where there have 
been but 2 for some time past. 


Mr. Macoun photographed Kitovi and Lukanin rookeries again this morning. 
Photographs taken at this time are of interest as showing comparative changes for 
this season, but are not reliable as giving data concerning the extent or population of 
the rookeries. The greater part of the mothers are at sea and the rookeries are now 
full of half bulls and virgin cows. After July 20 (probably before, but it is clearly 
marked then), the rookeries lose their distinctive forms. The pups gradually work 
up the slopes, the mothers follow them, and many harems, mostly small, are formed 
beyond the original lines of the rookery in charge of half bulls. The virgin cows 
become numerous .about the 28th of July. Dates regarding these matters can not be 
made very definite, as the changes are all very gradual and vary in different sets of 
harems. Photographs, to be of value, should be taken on practically the same dates 
in successive years, and those to show conditions in the breeding season must be taken 
between the 10th and 20th of July. 

Many bulls that have had no cows in the height of the season probably now have 
a considerable number of late arriving cows and virgins. 



I went over to Zapadni to-day to see if any pups were drowned in the recent yale, 
but found none. It commenced to blow Sunday night, the storm continuing quite 
severe Monday, and gradually going down Tuesday. The surf at Zapadui was very 
heavy, but the seals played about in it, diving below the crest of the waves like fishes. 

The seals are perceptibly more timorous and nervous than they were, even the 
holostiaki taking fright more readily than when we first arrived. The bulls which lie 
about on the outside of the harems do not show tight. 


Dr. Jordan, accompanied by Judge Crowley, Chief Apollou, and Jacob, went 
with a mule team to North Shore to get specimens of hair seals, and to investigate the 
site of an old rookery (Marunichen) which is said to have formerly existed there. 

Mr. Clark visited Gorbatch and Ardigueu. Mr. Macoun photographed Tolstoi 
rookery and counted dead pups, finding 209 on the sand beach of English Bay where 
recently 185 were counted. In the afternoon the Concin returned Mr. Lucas and 
Professor Thompson from St. George. They report seeing a "killer" on their way 
over, about 10 miles off St. Paul. 

Mr. Stanley-Brown reports to-day that he counted 476 rookery bulls on the sands 
of English Bay in the space of a mile. These were not half bulls, but bulls which have 
done or could have done service on the rookeries. This probably marks the return of 
the first consignment of rookery bulls which have gone to feed. 


Under the cliffs on Gorbatch a cow comes in from the water, stopping on a rock 
at the edge and calling her pup. The little fellow comes down, getting wet in reaching 
the rock. He climbs up and takes his meal under difficulties. Another cow on a 
similar rock is letting her pup nurse. The little fellow stands on his hind flippers in 
the water and can just barely reach the nipple. 

A pup is seen to hold his nose down, as if drinking, in a little pool or cup-like 
depression in the rock full of rain water. He puts his head down into it several times 
and then holds it up like a bird. The operation has the appearance of drinking, but 
apparently does not diminish the water. 

The white bull on the long slope of Gorbatch is still in his place. There are three 
cows and numerous pups about him. In fifteen minutes two of the cows go over the 
edge of the slope. He makes no particular protest. Cows are leaving other harems 
and going up to the level parade ground above, where there are several large harems. 
Some are probably old cows, but most are virgins in charge of young bulls. One 
harem is located over at the pile of rocks, with the cairn on top, more than halfway 
across the parade ground. 

In a pool of considerable size, around the corner from the long slide on Gorbatch, 
are a hundred or more pups playing in the water. The heavy surf washes into the 
pool, driving the pups to the upper end. As it flows out the little fellows allow 
themselves to be sucked out through the runway, tail first. When almost too far out 
for safety they scramble back with great energy and show of fright, only to repeat the 
performance with the next roller. They act as though they fully appreciated the 
danger, but were seeing how near to it they dared go. They enjoy the fun immensely. 



On Ardiguen B is found to have moved down off the flat with his 7 cows. He 
has evidently been down there since the time he and C were stampeded. is on the 
flat still with 24 cows. A has cows on a shelf under the bank. There is a new bull 
from the top in a position between B's old place and A's original place. He has 3 
cows. Y has 6 cows. X is down in the slide with G cows. The water bull Z has 
probably been driven out. 


At Marunichen on North Shore a herd of about 100 hair seals is found hauled up 
on the sand by the sea. A bull and a cow were shot and skinned for museum 

The true seal lies horizontally on land. It can raise its head only slightly and 
barely touches the ground with its fore flippers, which are short and armed with 
claws, only the hand (carpus and metacarpus) being exserted. It can not stand up 
as the fur seal does, because it can not touch its fore flippers to the ground. The hind 
flippers are short and stout, only the tarsus and metatarsus being exserted. The tail 
is flat, much larger than in the fur seal. The pup, born in May on the ice, is now 
weaned and swims about with a cooing call. The male seal is half larger than the 
female. The hair seal can move on laud only by the undulation of the body. It can 
not raise its head or belly from the ground. 

The female hair seal had some crabs in its stomach, also many beaks of a large 
variety of squid, many ascarid worms, and several large soft bodies, which proved to 
be the axis of the arms of cuttlefish or squid. These and the worms were preserved. 
The stomach of the bull contained bones of codfish, much bile, and ascarid worms. 
Both animals were very fat, the female giving little milk. The pups are well grown 
now and swim about with head above the water. The hair seal can not take the 
dolphin leap which the fur seal does. It does not use its arms in the water, but swims 
with the hind flippers only. 


At Marunichen, where the ancient rookery was located, the rocks of columnar 
lava are all rounded apparently by the action of the water. The grass on the 
hauling ground is short, but there could not have been much of a hauling ground, as 
the stones are angular and not as usual worn smooth. It does not seem possible that 
there could have been any considerable body of seals here. It is said that the oldest 
inhabitant on the island, only, remembers the time when the rookery existed. 


Among the qualities to be considered in the location of a good killing ground are 
nearness to the sea, as smooth a road as practicable, nearness to a pond of water, 
nearness to the rookery. The nearness to the sea is very important, because the seals 
in returning to the water go faster than they are driven up. It is important that 
there be a pond of water in which to cool off the seals when heated. 

At the killing ground on Tolstoi, just back of Middle Hill, there was, in the earlier 
part of the season, water in the depression. At the last killing there was no water 
remaining. The sun came out hot and it was necessary to let free about a thousand 


seals, and even then several were overcome by the heat before they could get back to 
the sea and had to be killed. At the same time the presence of water is not absolutely 
essential, as is shown by the main killing ground on St. George Island, below the 
village, which has no water. Where the water is not present unusual care is 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Lucas were present in the morning at the food killing from 
Lukanin. Mr. Macoun and Professor Thompson walked to North Shore and Bogoslof. 
In the afternoon Dr. Jordan, Mr. Lucas, and Mr. Clark visited Tolstoi, to further 
investigate the dead-pup question. 


In the morning a small drive of seals from Lukanin was made to supply fresh 
meat for the natives. The drive was, as usual with drives from Lukanin, made up 
largely of small seals. One old female was included in the drive. She had evidently 
had a pup, but it was probably dead. That she had bred was certain. 

One very small seal, a yearling, was found to be a cow and was killed for 
examination. One other, a little larger, proved to be a yearling holostiak. Of 
the pod of 30 the rest proved to be males. Five were killed as 3-year-olds. One 
yearling was smothered on the drive and one was slightly hurt by a blow on the nose. 
Two were overcome and skinned by the wayside. There was too much hurry this 
morning. It is evident that there is need for constant oversight and care. The 
Aleuts can not be trusted too implicitly. 

Two more very small seals are examined and prove to be yearling holostiaki. 
Another adult cow is found. She has had a pup, but it is probably dead. The 
Aleuts recognize these old cows at once. Two more small seals are examined and 
found to be holostiaki. They are just a little larger than females, but in the case of 
the yearlings the Aleuts can not always tell the sex. 

One more little cow was found and let go. Three small ones caught and examined 
prove to be holostiaki. One is seen with a bloody nose. Another very little one 
examined is a holostiak. One more, a very small one, examined proves to be a cow. 
This makes 3 yearling cows. The presence of these yearling females does not 
necessarily prove that the young males and females associate on the hauliug grounds, 
as the adult cows show that the drive was made from close to the rookery, and the 
yearlings may, like them, have come from the outskirts of the breeding ground. 


Several stomachs opened; only stones, worms, and mucus in them. Examination 
shows uematodes in a number of stomachs and a small species of tapeworm in 3 or 4 
stomachs. About 3 or 4 out of 5 have some sort of worms in the intestines just below 
the csecum usually not more than 1 or 2 worms in an intestine, though G were in one 
instance. The tapeworm is not so universally present as the uematode. The mucus 
is not secreted as a result of the irritation due to the worms. There is no direct 
relation between the worms and the mucus. Mr. Adams reports finding a tapeworm 
3 feet long in a seal, the head in the caecum. 


One stomach had an irritated spot in it like a small abscess; the stomach was full 
of water; worms buried head first in the irritated spot; they are probably the cause 
of the irritation. A stomach contained broken rnollusks, dead shells, and pebbles. 
Seals swallow small stones either to allay irritation or by accident. One stomach 
contained a piece of sea weed, undigested, several inches long, attached to a small 
stone. No trematode worms in any stomach. Liver and viscera in general very clean. 
One or two hearts were opened, but no filaria found. No parasites were found in the 
lungs. Shot was found in the body of a 2-year-old bull this morning. 


A number of the seals of the different classes killed were brought up to the village 
for examination and study. The weights of the animals were as follows: Yearling 
male (large), 47 pounds; yearling cow (small one), 32 pounds; 2-year-old (rather large 
male), 66 pounds; 3-year-old male, 86 pounds; cows (adult average), 80 pounds. 

The following measurements were noted : 

Yearling cow: Tip of nose to root of tail, 36J inches; girth of chest behind fore 
flippers, 25; about body at pelvis, 18; at neck, 19; over shoulders, 28; length of 
flipper to axil, 13. Center of eye just midway between tip of snout and ear; eye 2 
times in length of snout. 

Two-year-old bull: Length, 42 inches; girth behind shoulders, 29; pelvis, 20 ; 
neck, 20; over shoulders, 32; behind flippers, 16. 

Three-year-old (moderate size, growing thin): Length to root of tail, 49 inches; 
girth of chest, 31; pelvis, 21; neck, 20; over shoulders, 36|; behind flippers, 18. 


Autopsy of yearling female: Ovaries very small; as yet wholly undeveloped, as 
is uterus and other sexual organs. No impregnation possible at this stage; none 

Yearling male: Smothered in drive by others crowding on him. Lungs much 
congested; air mostly crowded out. Heart full of clotted blood, though still warm; 
a clot of blood in auricle. Lungs the chief source of injury. 

The lungs of many of the seals killed were examined; no other found with 
injured lungs. One shows slight congestion. It is evident from these examinations 
that but little injury results to the seals from the drives. This drive has been a 
severe one. 

The skins of the yearling male and female were taken for museum purposes. 


In a state of nature the superabundance of fighting males would tend to greatly 
diminish the rate of increase of the seal herd. This check has, perhaps, prevented 
the seals from outrunning their food supply, which in its possible limited state would 
furnish another check and offer a premium for wider migrations. 


There is a distinction not always made at sight between the idle bulls of 6 years 
and over and the half bulls of 5 or 4. The idle bulls hold their ground fairly, 
especially if with a cow. The 5-year-old will invariably run away. 


Of the idle bulls, probably one-third of those seen at first now have cows, largely, 
but not wholly, virgins. Those with one cow are now as fierce as the regular bulls. 
A much smaller nurnbei of bulls would suffice, and doubtless all females would be 
served were there not nearly enough bulls to control the rookeries,. All virile bulls, 
young and old, hang around the rookeries, the stronger the nearer, either above or 
below or on the slide. As a rule the strongest are the nearest the center of life on 
the rookeries. The energy wasted by the bulls in fighting would doubtless enable 
them to serve many more cows were the number of bulls more limited. 


To the presence of man the seals are at all times and under all circumstances 
utterly indifferent. To his movements, however, they are acutely sensitive. If you 
sit still near any rookery, the seals will soon cease to notice you. The cow will bleat 
with mild curiosity and the sleepy bull will keep one eye open, but until you move 
again they have no fear. The disturbances man makes on the island no more affect 
the habits and distribution of the fur seal than the shooting of hens in the garden 
affects the habits and nature of poultry. The great bulk of the cows on the island 
never know of the existence of man at all, never see him, hear nor smell him. It is 
only the bachelors and outlying- cows that come in contact with him, and that not 
often enough or severely enough to produce other than a passing impression. In a 
few places (Gorbatch, Kitovi, and Lukaniu) this season men have been seen almost 
daily by a limited number of seals, and the cows nearest the points of observation 
start up in alarm until rounded up by the bulls, or sometimes they flee to the sea 
when the intrusion is close. But the alarm soon passes away. The observers avoid 
scaring the seals where possible. 


The Government should retain its competent agents during good behavior, as the 
company does. Messrs. Redpath and Webster have been long in the service of the 
two companies and have a thorough knowledge of every phase of the practice 
relating to seals. The Government changes its agents every four years, making the 
appointments a matter of political spoils. It takes an agent a year or two to learn 
his business, and very few have either ability or training for acquiring knowledge of 
the seal herd. The Government's interests are seldom as carefully managed as the 
company's. When the Government agent has become somewhat experienced a 
change puts a new and untried man in the place. 


In addition to the agents as now appointed there should be a competent naturalist 
and observer constantly in charge of the herd. He might belong to the staff' of 
the United States National Museum or to the Bureau of Animal Industry. He 
need spend but two months here. The Government could well afford to pay such 
a man a good salary, for if the seal herd is properly protected such a man could save 
thousands of dollars every year to the Government, besides being in a position to 
give authoritative advice in case of international disputes. 



On the way to Tolstoi several pups and one bachelor were seen lying dead on the 
beach at the head of the lagoon, where they had probably been washed up from 
Lagoon rookery by the recent gale. All were too rotten to make it possible to 
determine the cause of death. 

At Tolstoi the water to a distance of 10 or 12 feet from the shore was found full 
of swimming pups. The rocks were filled with others who were about to enter the 
water or had just come out. These pups were swimming apparently with ease and 
safety right in the surf, which was breaking with considerable force. 


It is now possible to pass for a distance along the water front of the sandy area, 
and from the rocks and lower part of the sandy tract a number of dead pups were 
secured which were not too far gone to dissect. The following is a diagnosis of causes 
of death in 19 cases: 1 

1. A female pup, in fair condition, found on the rocks near the first harem ; slight 
contusion in the lungs; liver crushed; gall bladder broken so that gall had flowed out 
among the intestines; other organs normal; evidently crushed by a bull. 

2. A male, in fair condition, a little lean; left side injured throughout length; 
the left lung congested and flattened out; other organs normal; evidently trodden 
upon, pressing the left side flat. 

3. A female, poor condition, very thin ; right lung badly congested; other organs 
normal; no milk in stomach; crushed, probably when weak from hunger. 

4. Female, thin; head crushed; suture between frontal and parietal bones split 
open and bones spread apart; all the muscles of the breast very much contused; 
lungs, throat, and heart badly contused; no milk in stomach; evidently crushed. 

5. A female, in fair condition, not too fat, but well nourished; found at water's 
edge, jammed in between rocks; recently dead; an old pup with grayish fur; could 
not have been stepped on where found, but may have been drowned and wedged into 
the rocks by recent gale ; right lobe of lungs shows contusion, crepitation in the crushed 
part, contusion probably due to contact with the rocks; water pours out of windpipe; 
clear case of drowning. 

6. Male, in fair condition, but not fat; lungs in good shape; heart with little blood; 
liver very dark; head all right; cause of death not apparent. 2 

7. Female, with absolutely no fat; lungs badly congested; other organs normal; 
but recently dead; still warm; crushed and suffocated while in a weakened condition 
due to starvation. 

8. Male, excessively lean, not a particle of fat; lungs badly congested; heart 
crushed; liver black; crushed while in starving condition. 

9. A large male found among the rocks as if drowned ; left-side muscles all contused 
as by banging against the rocks-, lungs badly congested ; liver slightly injured, evidently 
by pressure; heart empty; contusion over middle of right hip; stomach full of milk; 
probably drowned and thrown on the rocks by the surf in a recent gale. 

1 It was on these and similar autopsies that the theory of trampling as a cause of death among 
pups was put forward in 1896. The whole subject must now be revised in the light of the more 
extended investigations of 1897. 

-This pup and No. 12 were probably the victims of 1'nciiiaria, 


10. Female, in poor condition; lungs crushed and very badly congested ; other 
organs normal; trampled upon when weak. 

11. Female, in good condition ; lungs crushed and badly congested ; head uninjured ; 
stomach full of milk; crushed. 

12. A well-fed male found under a rock so wedged in that it was with great 
difficulty that the rocks could be crowded apart to release it. These bowlders must 
have been piled upon the pup by the recent heavy surf, as he has not been dead long; 
lungs show congestion ; heart has little blood ; stomach full of milk ; had been drowned 
and washed up by the surf. 

13. A female, in fair condition, but little fat; lungs badly congested; very recently 
dead; uncertain whether death was caused by drowning or trampling; found in the 
rocks, where might have been crushed by water bulls or washed up by surf. 

14. Female, very greatly emaciated, not a scrap of fat; lungs very badly congested ; 
heart full of clotted blood; evidently smothered under pressure of bull while in a 
starving condition. 

15. Female; fat; well fed; lungs badly congested, especially on right side; empty 
of air; heart crushed and filled with clotted blood; stomach full of milk; crushed. 

16. Male; rather thin; found in the sand; skin and muscles much bruised about 
the shoulders; lungs very much congested; heart full of clotted blood; aorta full of 
blood; liver very dark; but recently dead; crushed to death. 

17. Female, found in the sand ; fair condition ; some time dead ; lungs discolored ; 
somewhat congested; heart nearly empty of blood; a little milk in the stomach; air 
completely pressed out of lungs; sat upon by a bull. 

18. Female, well nourished; found in the edge of the rocks just off the sandy 
tract; milk*pouring out of its mouth; lungs somewhat congested and wholly devoid 
of air; breast crushed flat; crushed by bull. 

19. A fat female pup, well nourished; plenty of milk in stomach; lungs badly 
congested; pressed flat; no air in them; heart almost empty of blood; crushed to 


The foregoing pups were all picked up either in the edge of the sandy tract or on 
the rocks adjacent to it at the angle of Tolstoi rookery with English Bay. At 
the point in question the seals have been very thickly massed and there has been a 
great deal of fighting among the bulls. The harems at the point incline to extend in 
a thin wedge toward the sands of the beach beyond the rocks. The bachelors have 
probably attempted to make a short cut in going to sea and this has resulted in 
fighting and been the cause of the excessive mortality at the point. The same condition, 
however, extends the length of the flat sandy area devoid of stones. It is evident 
that there can not be less than a thousand dead pups in all here. 


A little pup was found fastened between the rocks in such a way that he could 
not get out, and when released was in a very weak condition, either through injury 
from the pressure of the rocks or through hunger. He went slowly and painfully up 
out of the rocks to the sand. A pup in this condition must fall a victim to the first 
bull that runs over him. 




A little pup was seen to pick up a piece of bone in its teeth and shake it about as 
a dog would a chip. It would be as reasonable to infer from this that pups ate 
bones as to infer that they eat kelp because they play with it. Several pups have 
been seen to play with the giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrij'era) just as this pup played 
with the piece of bone. 


Having had an opportunity to-day to approach the rookery closer than ever before, 
the causes of loss of life among the pups seem clearer. Mr. Lucas feels that his opinion, 
formed at St. George, that ordinarily few pups are drowned, must be modified. 
Drowning depends upon the topography of the rookery, which also determines the 
death rate in general. Flat surfaces of rock or sand, but particularly sand, allow 
the pups to be trampled on by bulls; pups are either suffocated or crushed. Sloping 
beaches of bowlders, if angular, permit pups to recede and hide; rounded bowlders 
are worse than angular ones, and when the shore is steep and the surf strikes it 
obliquely as at Tolstoi, a certain number of pups are drowned. The safest rookery is 
that where the harems are located in volcanic shelves strewn with angular bowlders. 
Sandy places are death traps for pups. However, the number of healthy, well-fed 
pups drowned at this stage is small. Part of those drowned have become weakened 
by starvation, and in these cases, as in cases of certain crushing, drowning is only a 
secondary cause. 1 


Dr. Jordan, Mr. Clark, and Mr. Macoun counted dead pups on Kitovi and Lukanin 
rookeries in the forenoon and Keef rookery in the afternoon. Mr. Lucas and Professor 
Thompson dissected those fresh enough for examination. In the evening the Rush 
called, bringing Mr. Townsend from Uualaska. Mr. Lucas immediately went on board 
for a cruise among the pelagic sealers. 


A beginning was made on Kitovi rookery toward a more thorough investigation 
of the dead-pup question. The rookery was entered and all the seals driven off, Mr. 
Macoun and Dr. Jordan making the count of dead bodies together, verifying as they 
went along, so that in almost every case both saw the pups counted. Probably not 
half a dozen were overlooked on the whole rookery. 2 All the pups that were sufficiently 
fresh to make examination possible were dissected by Professor Thompson and Mr. 
Lucas. Probably all that had died within ten days were so examined. The great 
majority of the dead pups died early, most of them having the umbilical cord attached. 

1 The pnps here found dead from drowniiig on Tolstoi were doubtless sick pups which had gone 
down on the rocks of the heach and while unable, from weakness, to get away were overtaken by the 
surf. They were noted to be in poor condition. The mortality here ascribed to trampling, it must 
be repeated, was at the bottom in reality due to a wholly different cause, though trampling in the 
majority of cases was actually the immediate cause. The weak and ana-mic pup suffering from 
Uncinaria was stepped upon because it had not strength to get out of the way. 

2 The experience of 1897 in picking up and actually removing the dead carcasses on Kitovi 
rookery, after a more careful count, showed that many had been overlooked. While these counts of 
1896 therefore seemed at the time to be accurate they were probably all below the actual facts. 


No very great difficulty was experienced in making the bulls move out of the 
way. Care was taken to avoid alarming the cows unnecessarily. 

Beginning with the south end, to Kitovi Point, 15 were counted; from the Point 
to the high ridge near the middle of Kitovi, 2$; to the green cliff below tlie amphi- 
theater, 15; to the end of Kitovi at Lukanin Point, 51; a total of 109. 

One pup otherwise well was found with sore eyelids. No emaciated pups were 
noticed, but one little one seemed weak. One dead cow too much decomposed to permit 
of examination was found. 

The count was continued in the same way along Lukanin rookery from Lukanin 
Point. To the gully between the first and second green cliff north of Lukanin Point 
there were found 70 dead pups; to the end of the last green cliff, 41 ; making a total of 
111. The rest of the rookery was left to be counted later. Two dead cows were found, 
both examined by Mr. Lucas, but found too rotten for close examination. 


The following autopsies of dead pups were made from Kitovi and Lukanin 
rookeries by Mr. Lucas, assisted by Prof. Thompson : 

1. A male pup; emaciated; not fat; lungs congested ; heart full of clotted blood ; 
kidneys slightly engorged; gall bladder empty; intestines not injured; a little feces 
in smaller intestine; stomach empty. 

2. A male pup; moderately fat; the umbilical cord attached; subcutaneous tissue 
around neck slightly congested; lungs much congested; liver, kidneys, heart, and 
other viscera normal; rectum full of inky olive-colored feces. 

3. Female pup; sometime dead; condition good, fat; lungs normal, crepitating; 
gall bladder full of orange-colored bile; kidneys sound; no bruises visible; stomach 
containing not far from a quart of thick, white milk; intestines full of dark, shining 
excrement; lower intestines a little inflamed; preserved for reference. 

4. Female pup; condition fair; lungs healthy, crepitating; stomach empty; skull 
entire; heart and other viscera apparently normal; lower intestines a little inflamed; 
preserved for study. 

5. A male pup; condition good, very fat; lungs slightly congested on left side 
and middle side of right lobe; heart normal; intestines somewhat inflamed; stomach 
empty; liver somewhat discolored by extra vasated bile; a good deal of bile in 
stomach; kidneys normal. 

6. Male pup; not long dead; eyes clear; emaciated; lungs greatly congested, 
do not crepitate; stomach empty. 

7. Male pup; fair condition ; lungs normal; liver normal and somewhat light in 
color: gall bladder empty; intestines and kidneys normal; stomach empty, containing 
a few hairs. 

8. Male pup; considerably decomposed ; lungs much congested; stomach empty. 
0. A female pup; condition good, fat; lungs normal; decomposition advanced. 

10. A male pup; poor condition, but not emaciated; slight extravasation on chest; 
lungs slightly congested, crepitating; suffusion of bile in moderate quantity in 

11. Male pup; emaciated; stomach empty; lungs badly congested, no air in them. 

12. Female pup ; poor condition ; subcutaneous extravasation on left side of neck ; 
lungs badly congested; stomach empty; other viscera normal. 


The last pup was the only one among the 111 on Lukaniu which was in a condi- 
tion for examination. 

One adult female was examined which had probably died from a bite in the neck. 
Decomposition was too far advanced to make examination of the internal organs 

A second adult female died in parturition , from false presentation of the fetus, 
which was full time. 


In the afternoon the counting of dead pups was resumed on Keef rookery. The 
observers passed through the middle of the rookery driving everything to the right 
and left, making a reasonably accurate count. Mr. Adams and Judge Crowley were 
present. Professor Thompson took notes while Mr. Lucas dissected the dead pups 
fresh enough to handle. 


Only 2 dead pups were found on Ardiguen rookery. 

In the first of the wedge-shaped masses of seals on the Keef, 163 dead pups were 
counted, 3 dead cows, and 2 dead bulls. The adult seals were all too rotten for 
examination. In the second smaller wedge, which ends at a little sandy shore with a 
hauling ground beyond, were 56 dead pups and 1 dead cow. In the third mass, which 
extends along the shore, not forming a distinct wedge or extending far inward, theie 
were 63 dead pups and 2 dead cows. In the fourth and largest mass, which ends in a 
broad hauling runway and extends up to the pile of rocks behind to the hauling 
ground of the Keef, there were 169 dead pups and 9 dead cows. Eleven of the pups 
were in the runway of bachelors above the pond. In the long patch between the two 
ponds were 197 dead pups and 5 dead cows. The middle of this sandy and somewhat 
muddy flat is especially fatal. A smaller runway separates this from the next patch, 
which lies on the rocks along the water front ending at the cliff in the middle of the 
end of the parade ground. In this patch there were 146 pups and 2 dead cows. From 
the first to the second cliff beyond there were 43, and from here to the end of the 
rookery there were 123 pups and 2 dead cows. 

Totals for the entire rookery: Pups, 950; cows, 24 j 1 bulls, 2. 

Most of the pups had been dead for some time, the fur being worn off the head 
and in some cases oft' the entire body. Probably not more than 10 dead pups fresh 
enough to examine, besides those turned over to Mr. Lucas, were seen on the rookery 


It becomes evident that there is an important relation between the number of 
dead pups and the nature of the ground on which the harems are located. In the 
worst tracts (the flat and sandy areas) there is an average of 2 pups to a harem; in 
the more favorable tracts, 1 pup to a harem. In Kitovi the ratio is less than 1 109 
pups to 168 harems. 

1 In 1897 42 dead cows were counted on this same rookery. In many cases the cows were plainly 
bitten and torn by the bulls. The diminished number of cows seemed to have left as idle bulls animals 
which had had harems in former years and which were consequently rendered unusually savage. 


The dense patch between the two ponds contains a considerable death trap, and 
at the edges adjoining the bachelor runways at either side there are many dead pups, 
showing excessive fighting along the harems near the bachelors. The north end of 
the rookery is specially favorable for breeding ground, having few dead pups. The 
four great central masses contain a rather high proportion, the sandy and muddy 
tracts especially. The losses here chiefly date back to the beginning of the season, 
the pups being trampled upon in the sand while very young, no opportunity being 
afforded them to get into the shelter of the rocks. 


The sandy tract between the ponds might be helped by removing the stones from 
the surface of the hauling ground and forming them into a sort of fence on the edges 
of the harems. This would prevent excursions of bachelors into the harems and to 
a certain extent keep the pups from wandering out and getting stepped on by the 

One pup with a bloody nose was noticed. Another very pale colored pup with 
pinkish eyes seems to be a half albino. One cow was seen with a large gash in her 
side, like a spear wound, partially healed up. She was nursing her pup. The bad 
scars seen early in the season on bulls and cows are now well healed. One pup with 
a patch of skin and muscle larger than one's hand torn out was seen. The wound 
opened into the body cavity, exposing the intestines, and the flap of torn skin trailed on 
the ground as the little fellow walked about. He seemed not greatly inconvenienced, 
but could not recover. He was killed by the Treasury agent, Mr. Crowley. The little 
fellow was very tenacious of life and showed the tremendous vitality of these creatures 
when their wounds are in the skin and muscular system. Nearly all the deaths result 
from injury to the lungs and vital organs. 

One case of copulation with a virgin female was interrupted by the counting. 
The blame was laid by the bull on one of his neighbors, whom he attacked vigorously. 

Two other cases of copulation were noticed, one with an old cow. In the cases 
last noted the cow and bull seemed very eager, the bull beginning his work within 
10 or 15 feet of us, and paying no attention whatever to our presence, though both cow 
and bull faced us. 

A little pup with a great length of dried placenta attached to him, impeding his 
movements, was stepped upon by a bull and injured so that he was unable to walk. 
He was killed by Mr. Lucas, but dissection failed to show any organ injured. This 
shows that serious injury can be inflicted on a pup without its organs showing clear 
traces of it on superficial dissection. In a number of cases a rough autopsy such as 
can be made in the field has failed to show any cause for death. Another larger pup 
was hurt by a bull striking him. Though evidently quite seriously hurt, it was 
thought that he would recover, and he was therefore allowed to return to his place. 

A pup was seen with serum running from one eye. No other injury was apparent, 
and the little fellow seemed lively. Not more than 5 or 6 emaciated pups were seen 
on the entire Reef. 

Reef rookery is still lively. Large, vigorous bulls seem bent on keeping harems 
together. These are evidently idle bulls now come into possession of harems. One 
bull was seen to throw a cow 10 feet, and two others ran away with cows. Some 
2-year-old cows back of the rookery were carefully guarded by bulls. 



The following pups were dissected from the Reef : 

1. A female pup; long dead; good condition; cord attached; extravasation of 
blood on chest and neck. 

2. Male pup; good condition; very fat; eyes fresh; viscera normal, except that 
the right lung is collapsed; stomach full of milk, pink in color. 

3. Female pup; good condition; lungs slightly congested, not crepitating ; 
contents of stomach yellowish brown; subcutaneous extravasation over left rib just 
over gastric region; stomach walls greenish brown in color. 

4. Male pup; good condition ; fat; lungs slightly congested toward base; stomach 
full of milk; viscera normal. 

5. Male pup; fresh, fat; large extravasation over posterior ribs; pericardium 
inflamed and full of blood; stomach containing small stones. 

6. Male pup; condition fair; bruises all round the abdominal region; lungs 
congested, especially toward apex on both sides; stomach distended with milk. 

7. Female pup; very fat; stomach distended with milk; viscera apparently 
normal and sound ; skull intact. 

8. Female pup, young; slight extravasation round neck and shoulders; greater 
extravasation on forehead and around head; lungs somewhat congested, especially on 
left side. 

9. Male pup ; much emaciated ; lungs much congested and collapsed ; somewhat 
bruised about head. 

10. Female pup, good condition, fat ; viscera normal ; no inflammation in peritoneum ; 
kidneys soft and decomposed, though rest of viscera in good condition. 

11. Male pup; lungs normal; viscera decomposed; no obvious cause of death. 

12. Large male pup ; skin torn off one half right side of ventral portion of abdomen. 
(Killed by Mr. Crowley). External oblique muscle torn through on right side. This 
pup was going about alive and active when killed by the Treasury agent. 

13. Male pup, small. Seen to be injured by a bull's hind flipper. It was unable to 
walk and lay helpless. On dissection no internal injuries could be seen. 

14. Male pup, large, emaciated; lungs congested; other viscera normal. 

15. Male pup, poor condition; lungs much congested; very dark in color; other 
viscera normal, but quite destitute of fat. 

None of the adults were in a condition to dissect. The presence of 9 of these cows 
in the most dense mass of seals on the Reef suggests the rough treatment of the bulls 
as a cause of death. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Lukanin rookery and finished the count of dead 
pups there in the afternoon, afterwards visiting the "slide." The count of August 8 
gave 111 on Lukaniu to the end of the green cliff. The completed count gives to 
Lukanin 205 dead pups. 


One dying pup was seen; large, well nourished, but dumpish and unable to move. 
It lay between two rocks, where it might have been stepped upon. As it could not 
recover, it was killed. It proved to be a male with plenty of fat. The stomach full of 


milk, containing at least a pint; both lungs crushed, the right lung utterly collapsed; 
other organs in normal condition; has evidently been stepped upon and crushed. 

A little pup was found gasping, with a spasm like hiccough for each breath. It 
was killed. A small female pup, very lean; the right lung congested, 1 hardly 
crepitating; left lung normal; other organs likewise; stomach wholly empty; lower 
part of small intestines full of dark greenish fecal matter; starvation the probable 
cause. It is interesting to note that this pup, which was evidently starving, had the 
symptoms ascribed by early observers to death by sunstroke. It was starving. 


This part of Lukaniu is less steep, the rocks are smaller and smoother, and it 
adjoins the hauling ground, which is a source of danger to straying pups before the 
idle bulls leave. All idle bulls are now away from their former positions behind the 
harems; they lie sleeping on the sands, or are busy on the rookeries, which the old 
bulls have as a rule now left. Those having harems of virgins are still interested. 
The idle bulls are to some extent needed in the economy of the rookery. A case of 
copulation was seen, apparently unsuccessful, for the time being at least. 

In the rain one mother lies partly on her back. A pup climbs on her and lies 
there. She sleeps on, but the pup is awake and restless. 

A cow becomes alarmed at us and plunges off a 10-foot vertical cliff, falling on her 
back on the stones. She gets up and moves on, seemingly all right. The pup follows 
and falls 6 or 8 feet, striking on its feet. 

A pup, otherwise well looking, has one eye gone. The hole is full of yellow pus 
which runs out in quantities. It may be the work of the gulls. They pick out the eyes 
of dead pups and might peck at the eye of a sleeping pup, thus destroying it. It is 
said that a very considerable number of young pups are killed on Kobben Island in 
this way by the burgomaster gull. A reward of 5 copecks (5 pence), it is said, has 
been offered on this account for each bird killed by the natives. 

One old bull who has waited all the season behind Lukanin has now two cows in 
charge. The photograph of last year shows a small harem in the same position. 
Probably few of the idle bulls fail wholly to get cows before the season is over. 

A female pup, but recently dead, was opened; stomach found to be filled with 
milk, its walls slightly injured; lungs flat, greatly congested, crepitating; its heart 
was full of clotted blood; left lobe of liver congested. Evidently died from crushing. 

A dead cow seen on Lukanin rookery had froth issuing from her mouth. Milk 
oozed out of the opening where a wound caused by a bite occurred in her belly. 


The bull in harem A is on his shelf, active and very lean; he has 8 or 10 cows. 
The old green-backed cow, often referred to, is there. B is in his place with 2 
cows. C is active and holds 16. X is below A, with pups about him and 4 cows 
near. A new bull, very black, is in A's old place. Z is back with 4 cows, one very 
affectionate, lazily biting him. Eleven cows scattered below X. D is active, with 
some 10 cows or more. F is fast asleep with 2. E and G are both gone and have 

1 This congestion was found later to be a characteristic of starvation, as was also the dark fecal 
matter, the latter due to bile. 

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been for some time. There are 31 bulls, not more than halt' seemingly old timers, on 
the whole of Ardiguen. There are 189' cows present, and 434 pups. This count, how- 
ever, is not likely to be final, as it was made from the top of the bank, and there may 
be a large number of pups and a few cows hidden. 

Ardigueu presents extremely favorable conditions for pups, there being apparently 
only 2 dead pups in the entire region. No bachelors run down in this slide, which is 
well provided with angular rocks. There is no hauling ground at Ardiguen, its 
bachelors going around on the parade ground of the Keef. 

Three young bulls are still waiting patiently behind. Many of the cows in the 
harems are young females. 


It would not do to give Treasury agents general authority to shoot idle or 
superfluous bulls, though many of these should be disposed of. Such action would not 
be safe except under skilled direction and after a thorough study of the needs of the 
herd. Such work should follow the appointment of a superintendent of the herd and 
be under his control. 

Such a superintendent might donmch in the way of caring for the rookeries, clearing 
out the bowlders from the runways of the bachelors, forming these into low stone 
walls between the runways and the harems and even at the back. These walls should 
not be too artificial in their make-up. They need not be high, only inconvenient to 
cross. This would allow of egress and ingress, but by rendering both difficult the 
animals would not wander across them in an aimless manner. They might serve as a 
means of preventing the straying of pups, which are often found half starved or dead 
in the hauling grounds, where they have wandered away with the bachelors and 
become lost from their mothers. 

Stones might be rolled down from the slopes above certain places, as at Tolstoi 
and the Keef, to cover bare, sandy tracts, which are now definitely known to form 
death traps. These places furnish unimpeded opportunity for the movements of the 
bulls, and the luckless pups wandering about over them are trodden upon. Where 
the ground is full of bowlders the bull can not move so easily and the pup can crawl 
under the edges of the stones and find protection. With some expense many of the 
bad places could thus be fixed. Rock can be found within a reasonable distance of 
any of the defective breeding grounds. 

There are pools in some of the harems that become filled with rain water, and the 
excrement of the animals mingling with it produces a fearful stench and filth. These 
should be filled up with sand and strewn with rocks or else drained. Even in the 
rocky areas are pools above high tide which become filled with rain water and likewise 
filthy. Openings might be drilled into these so they might drain oft'. It may not 
make any difference to the seal as it is, but while a hog might not object to a filthy 
pen, the breeder who lets him live in one is not thought well of. 

On some of the exposed rookeries it might be possible to so pile up the rocks on 
the water line as to make a protected pool, replenished by the sea, in which the pups 
might learn to swim guarded from the force of the waves. At the angle of Tolstoi 

1 The total number of cows in July was 550. The count of cows is reasonably accurate, but a 
count of pups is impossible from the bank, and is difficult from below, as they lie under the bowlders 
out of sight. 


with English Bay thousands of pups were seen the day after the big blow, and when 
the surf was still very high, swimming in the open sea front. Some of them were 
constantly being carried out too far and deposited far below on the beach at English 
Bay, whence they would go back and swim up along the shore, each breaker throwing 
them up on the rocks, from which they would scramble back into the water. There 
are on some of the rookeries pools of the kind suggested, and they are frequented 
and thoroughly enjoyed by the pups. 

On some of the rookeries, as Tolstoi, Gorbatch, and Polovina, there seems to be a 
lack of openings or runways through which the bachelors can pass in reaching the 
hauling grounds in the rear of the harems. It is the constant tendency of the bachelors 
to pass down through the harems instead of going around to the ends. The intrusion 
of a bachelor or idle bull upon the harems in the breeding season causes the greatest 
confusion. Each bull, sometimes two or three at a time, will rush at him and either 
drive him back or throw him bodily from harem to harem until he gets to the water. 
The rushes of the bulls in the early season after bachelors or against their neighbors, 
or to prevent the wandering of restless cows, is the cause of death to pups in a large 
number of cases. 

This problem of rookery management is one of great importance and one which 
the Government has as yet failed to take seriously. It should have been provided 
for at the outset and will certainly need immediate attention if the herd receives 
proper protection at sea. 


Dr. Jordan, Mr. Clark, Mr. Macouu, Professor Thompson, and Judge Crowley 
visited Northeast Point for the purpose of counting the dead pups. 

On the way, a stop was made at Poloviua, and Mr. Clark and Professor Thompson 
counted the dead pups on the main rookery, beginning at the angle near the sand 
beach where the bachelors haul out; Dr. Jordan beginning at the northern end, 
counted Little Poloviua and the cliffs to Polovina Point. 


Two large and very ugly pups were seen among the bachelors at Little Poloviua 
and were carried to the nearest harem. Virgins are very numerous, hauled out on 
level ground behind. 

Little Poloviua and the portion of Polovina under the cliffs are largely made up 
of the flat tops of lava columns. These give way to areas covered w^th bowlders and 
rocky lava holes farther south. The smooth columns are rather unfavorable, but the 
9 pups dead at the extreme end on these columns seem to be mostly starved ones, who 
have strayed from the large pods in which they belonged. One of them is now dying. 
The rookery on the whole is a very favorable one. Only 47 pups in all were found dead. 

Mr. True's observations suffer from being closely confined to Lukaniu and Kitovi 
rookeries. Different things happen in massed and differently placed rookeries. 

On Little Poloviua is seen a semi-albino pup, light russet brown, with pink 
nippers and eyes, a fine fellow, strong, but partly or wholly blind. 

Much soft light-yellow excrement is to be seen everywhere. The rookery ground 
is very foul scented from this and urine. Pups can get down to the sea in most places 
here only through runways or slides. The cliffs are vertical to the height of 20 or 30 


A bull in copulation is very clumsy; be has his mouth open and seems much 
fatigued; draws off when done, \vith mouth open and groans. The cow is an old one 
without large mammae ; may have lost her pup. The bull is excessively thin. The 
cow tries to get away now that it is over, but the bnll resists. They bite each other 
in the usual way. 

There are 40 bulls in all with harems in Little Polovina. Forty-five were counted 
in July. There are many fine pups. The mortality is small, partly because there is 
no great body of seals pressing down from behind. There is a passageway down to 
the sea in the middle of the rookery, rather smooth and rocky, but there are no dead 
pups in it. 

An evil-minded old bull runs over 5 or 6 pups and falls with his breast on one, 
which toddles off seemingly not hurt. It takes a heavy weight to crush these sturdy 
fellows when they are a month old. Those that have succumbed were for the most 
part but a few hours old. 


Going through a rookery from end to end in this way makes some disturbance 
and excitement. Cows, bachelors, and pups flee in haste; bulls go slowly and try to 
stop the cows; some stand their ground and can not be moved, but they are few at 
this stage. In three minutes, however, the whole excitement is over, and as soon as 
you pass they resume their places. 

At this season half of the bachelors are in the water off the rookeries; half 
asleep in the banks behind; many, especially the older ones, in the sand. Cows take 
to the water when alarmed, but probably soon return. Wet cows coming in after 
feeding are less numerous now than ten days ago. More than two-thirds of the cows 
are off all the time. There is a large and well-beaten hauling ground far from the 
breeding grounds, midway between Little Polovina and the main rookery. The 
bachelors come up through a narrow runway in the cliffs. 


Cows are apparently not heavy enough to crush strong pups a month old. They 
run over them without compunction. A bull steps on a little weak pup under the 
cliffs. It is apparently not hurt much, but walks away slowly as if dazed. Two dead 
pups were apparently killed by falling stones and dirt from the cliff above. More 
than a fair proportion of starved pups would appear on dissection. A pup losing 
its mother three weeks ago would still be fresh if dead. None of the rotten pups 
could have starved. 

There are some yearling females on the hauling ground. No dead adults. 
Twenty of the dead pups are seen along the edge of the hauling ground; scarcely any 
in most harems. There are 51 dead pups in all on the cliffs portion of Polovina. 


Mr. Clark began the count of the main rookery at the angle of Polovina sands. 
It was found possible to pass along the brow of the cliff and also the flat for some 
distance back, driving the seals into the water or inland. By returning along the 
outer edge of the harems and driving the seals into the area counted it was possible 
to closely inspect and count the entire area. 


The sandy area at the angle of the cliffs was an important death trap. Harems 
were here crowded close together. To the first small projecting cliff 94 dead pups 
were found. There were 93 on the lower section of the sandy depression which drains 
down to the foot of the cliff; 35 were on the rocks at the immediate foot, and 58 on 
the flat beyond and within 25 feet of the edge. One dead pup lies on the rocks. 

Beyond there is another depression draining down to a runway or break in the 
cliff*. There are 48 dead pups on the stones at the foot and 28 are visible within a 
short distance of the level edge. 

A number of bulls at this point are very fierce and immovable. The cows for 
the most part give way. One harem of 2 cows seems very little inclined to move. 
Tbe bull is willing to fight all comers. On going around to the other side it is found 
that one of the cows has just given birth to a pup. The placenta is still attached to 
the pup and also the cow. This accounts for her courage and the courage of her 
master. She shows the maternal instinct of protection and stands guard over her 
offspring. She is not further disturbed. 

There are 21 more dead pups to the break in the cliff wall at the green moss-covered 
rock. On either side of this rock is a runway frequented by cows and bulls. At the 
meeting point below are flattened dead pups closely packed together. There are 32 
pups in all at this runway and on the rocks about its mouth. There are 57 on the flat 
above within 50 feet of the rock. 

In another runway beyond there are 13 in the slide and at the mouth on the flat 
above. There are 15 dead pups on the flat to the little runway that goes down just 
beyond Polovina Point. 

In retracing the rookery on the flat above 84 outlying dead pups are found, 4 dead 
cows, and 1 dead bull, making in all 635 dead pups. 

The count of Poloviua finished, the trip to Northeast Point was resumed, arriving 
at 1.30. 


After lunch Dr. Jordan, Professor Thompson, and Mr. Macoun began to count the 
breeding ground on the west half of the point, beginning at the southernmost end 
and working up toward the top. Mr. Clark, accompanied by Judge Crowley, took the 
east side, beginning just opposite the village and counting round toward the west to 
meet the others. 


At the most southern patch on the west side, Dr. Jordan found favorable rookery 
conditions, the ground being covered with coarse bowlders. 

Some yearling cows were seen, and there was much stewing among the bulls over 
them. One cow of very large size was seen, weighing perhaps 100 pounds. 

One dead male pup, greatly emaciated, was dissected. Lungs found congested; 
evidently starving; no fat whatever. Had probably been run over by a bull while in 
weak condition. One dead cow and 1 dead bull were seen in this patch and 59 dead 
pups were counted. 

The second patch is likewise covered with coarse bowlders, and is favorable 
rookery ground. The bulls are pretty fierce. The pups are unusually fine looking. 
Yearling cows are running with the pups, playing with them and acting like them. 
They are full of curiosity. One starving pup seen. 


Nearly all the living pups in a healthy condition, have the inside of the mouth 
and teeth largely stained with dull yellow. The starving ones have the mouth white. 
This same peculiar color is seen in the mouths of bulls. 

The total of dead pups for this patch is 95. 

Next follows a short beach piled with seaweed. Evidently there is a strong tide 
running around a large rock in the sea. On this beach there are 93 dead pups washed 
up by the surf. They are mostly fairly fresh. Some are perhaps drowned, but the 
bulk have been washed off the rocks farther along and thrown up here. 

The next patch is located on a rocky prominence covered with large bowlders. 
On this sort of rookery ground the bulls leap from one large rock to another and 
therefore rarely hit the pups. There are few dead pups; 29 in all. 

Then follows a hauling ground which extends back from a small sandy beach. 
On this beach there are 19 pups washed up. The sand here is true sand, not lava. 
It must have been washed from some distance, but is characteristic of a number of 
the smaller beaches also further around the head. One dead bull and 2 cows. 

For the present the large patch at the base of Hutchinson Hill is omitted, as is 
also the narrow strip extending to the hauling ground south of the hill. Beyond 
Hutchinson Hill the count is resumed. There is a long sandy beach covered with 
coarse bowlders. On this beach are 31 dead pups which have been washed up, 
together with 2 dead cows. One of the 2 dead cows, which was fresh, was skinned for 
museum purposes. On examination it was found to be in a hearty condition. A 
spear had pierced the skin of the breast, entering the mammae, which were full of 
milk. On removing the skin of the head it was found to be badly contused as if from 
a severe blow. The lungs were badly congested; the stomach empty. It is probable 
that the cow had been speared, then clubbed, and getting away, she was finally 
drowned in the surf and had been washed up by it. 


In the first patch on the east side Mr. Clark counted 103 dead pups and 1 dead 
cow. A pup in the water was seen playing with a short stick, lifting it up and 
shaking it as a dog might. 

A pup was found imprisoned in the crevice between two rocks. Its flippers were 
white as if bleached; it showed the grayish tinge of age, but seemed well nourished. 
It was found to be attached by an unusually large umbilical cord to a rotten placenta 
which was caught in the rocks, holding the little fellow prisoner. The cord was cut 
and the pup placed on a flat rock. He had never used his flippers, and could not get 
about. He had evidently been well fed. 

A large and well-nourished pup was found curled up under the lee of a rock in a 
position where it could not have been stepped upon. It was found on opening it that 
the body cavity was full of milk, which poured out when an opening was made. The 
stomach was burst open. Evidently the pup had been stepped on after taking his 
meal, and had crawled among the rocks to die. 

On a rock were a lot of spewing of fish bones as if vomited by a seal. A small 
pup was seen lying asleep with an injured eye. On approaching closer to examine it 
the pup started up and a stream of pus gushed out of the eye socket. 


In a small patch to the south of Sea Lion Neck there were G dead pups; in the 
patch on the opposite side of the neck there were 7. Both patches were favorably 
situated for rookeries, being on large rounded bowlders. 

No dead pups were washed up on Walrus Bight. There are 298 dead pups in 
the large sandy tract just beyond the Bight. This sandy flat is a death trap. Two 
dead pups were found between here and the large patch reaching to Northeast Point, 
which contained 140, with 2 dead bulls and 2 dead cows. At the water's edge a young 
bull with one blind eye (uioon eye) was seen to rush into the place of a bull which 
stampeded at our approach. The blind bull could not see us and was disappointed 
when he had to leave. 

The sea lions on the point took to the water and set up a wild chorus of bellowing. 
About 50 of them swam along the shore, stopping every few minutes to stretch out 
their great necks and roar in unison. The whole band would go under at the same 
instant and reappear to take up the roar where they left off. They followed us 
offshore down the beach for half a mile. When we were past their rookery they 
turned back. 


A male pup, greatly emaciated, was dissected at the point. The lungs on both 
sides were greatly congested. The muscles on both sides of the breast showed 
evidence of contusion. The heart was full of clotted blood ; the stomach empty. It 
had been crushed to death when in weak condition. 

The fresh dead pups to be found on the rookeries are of two kinds, first, very lean 
and emaciated ones, pups which have lost their mothers or strayed from them and 
partially starved, being trampled upon and killed when in a weakened condition; 
second, large, well-fed pups; of these there are only a few. These pups have met 
their death, as it were, by accident. They were caught in awkward positions, have 
been stepped upon when their stomachs were filled with milk, or have been struck 
with unusual force. 

The bulls do not intentionally step upon the little pups or maltreat them, though 
often they forget and rush over them in a blind, reckless fashion. The little pups 
show considerable skill in getting out of the way of danger, and when getting around 
in attendance upon his ordinary duties the bull avoids stepping on them. When lie 
is blinded by anger or desire to collar an intruder, he thinks of nothing else, and woe 
to the pup on whom he sets his weight. 

Professor Thompson dissected 11 dead pups on Vostochni rookery. As the results 
are practically the same as those shown by the autopsies on Kitovi and Reef, it is 
not necessary here to give them in detail. They will be treated in a separate 
connection by Mr. Lucas. 

In the evening Professor Thompson and Judge Crowley returned to the village in 
one of the buckboards, Dr. Jordan, Mr. Macoun, and Mr Clark remaining over night 
to finish the count in the morning. 


At sea on Rush. The weather fine; alternate fog and semisunshine, with moderate 
sea. In the morning opened 11 female seals and 1 male. Out of 18 seals already 


opened the stomachs of only 4 contained food; all contained neuiatodes. Noticeable 
is it that none of the stomachs contained pebbles of volcanic rock such as were found 
in stomachs of bachelors on St. Paul. In the evening we obtained 1 male and 13 
females. But 5 stomachs contained foo'l; none pebbles; nematodes in all. One 
5-year-old male was thrown overboard by schooner E. B. Marvin. 


This morning proved suitable for photographing, and Mr. Macoun went to get 
views from Hutchinson Hill. Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark began the count of dead 
pups at the south end of the hill. 


Inasmuch as no count of cows and harems was possible on this tract in the height 
of the breeding season, Dr. Jordan made a count of the bulls and Mr. Clark counted 
the pups. A count of harems at this time will necessarily be imperfect, but while the 
bulls are not the same, the harems now marked by the presence of bulls correspond in 
a rough way to the original ones. 

At the very outset of this rookery there is a death trap. The rocky shore is well 
adapted for rookery purposes, but the harems extend back into a level sandy flat 
which adjoins a large hauling ground. As we approached, a band of bachelors 
immediately set out through the rookery by a short cut to the sea, sweeping the cows 
and pups with them. Of course, they could not do this in the breeding season, but 
the attempt to do it, which was frequently made, doubtless occasioned a great amount 
of lighting. Here, as at Tolstoi and Polovina, there is a tendency for the harems to 
extend out in a wedge-shaped mass, across the point of which the bachelors are always 
trying to pass instead of going around. 

There was a dead bull in the level flat and 3 other dead bulls at its outer edge; 
more evidence of fighting. 

A large female pup, greatly emaciated, was found lying gasping and jerking with 
spasms another case of " sunstroke," so called. The pup had voided a quantity of 
dark fecal matter like coal tar, and its lower intestines were full of the same excrement. 
The organs were in normal condition; not a trace of fat. The pup was starving. 
Dr. Voss says that in his opinion this dark fecal matter found in the intestines of a 
number of starving pups may be due to intestinal hemorrhage, the black coloring 
matter coming from the breaking down of the blood cells in the intestines. 

Those pups which lose their mothers early do not grow ; they turn gray and look 
old while still dwarfish in size. One starving pup crawls to us as if asking for help. 

Another albino russet pup is seen apparently partly blind. It is strange that so 
many of these albinos should be blind. 

Some bulls, not many of them, try to avoid stepping on the pups. A bull is seen 
with a very bad scalp wound now almost healed but which will leave a scar. Apparently 
few of the wounds inflicted by the bulls on each other early in the season fail to heal 
before the end. 


This first group of harems to the south of Hutchinson Hill contained 2G3 dead 
pups to the point where the sea lions sleep. There were also 4 dead cows and 4 


dead bulls. Mr. Macoun, having finished his photographing, entered upon the work 
at this point. 

To the foot of Hutchiuson Hill there are 255 dead pups. There are 2 additional 
dead bulls and 7 dead cows. 

Under Hutchiuson Hill is another sandy area like that on Tolstoi, and rivaling 
it in deadly effect. In this tract there were 887 dead pups; 10 dead cows, and 1 dead 

Professor Thompson suggests as a result of examination that the pups with brown 
bellies and brown shades upon the axilary parts are females, while those plain black 
on the belly as well as above are males. This should be verified. 1 

A small living pup found with a patch 2 inches square torn from his back, the 
wound full of pus; it is unable to use its hind flippers, but seems active in spite of the 
injury. The pup was killed, as it could not be expected to recover. 

One fine pure white albino pup, large and strong, was found which was blind but 
very active. It took hold of a notebook and shook it violently. The yellowish 
substance which coats the lips and teeth of the pup appears as a yellow brown stain 
on the book. As he is blind, and therefore worthless, his skin is taken for museum 

The great patch northwest of Hutchiuson Hill begins beyond the sandy tract 
with hard smooth ground containing many rocks which are, however, too small and 
too far apart to be of use. The corner next the hauling ground on the eastern side 
of Hutchinsou Hill is very bad ; some other places are moderately so. 

The bulls on Northeast Point are unusually ugly. The young bulls, with large 
harems behind the rookery, are easily driven. Many old ones with one or two cows 
on the rookery grounds can not be budged even now. 2 

The day is wonderfully clear, giving a beautiful prospect from Hutchinson Hill of 
the ocean and the island. Walrus Island shows distinctly in the distance. 

The bad place directly under Hutchinsou Hill is composed of smooth hard ground 
with no depressions. It can easily be mended by rolling in stones after the breeding 
season. In the breeding season, it is no more possible to inspect the inside of a 
rookery than the lair of a bear. Hence small rookeries which can be overlooked from 
cliffs have been studied instead of large ones. One studying only small rookeries has 
up idea of the difference of conditions on the large ones. 

One greatly emaciated pup, apparently dead, proves to be insensible, but still 
alive. It is killed and its skin taken. A pup with an eye full of pus seems to be very 
active. Some little pups show evidence of starving ;. the fat is disappearing from their 
shoulders and rump; their ribs feel bare. Such pups do not grow. Their weight is 
not half as great as that of well-fed pups. 

1 Later observations at the time of the examination of pups, to determine the relative proportions 
of the sexes, showed this not to be the case. Doubtless the brown-bellied pups are those destined to 
become the silvery throated animals. 

2 It became evident in 1897 that the idle bulls do not become fixed in their positions in and about 
the rookeries much before the arrival of the cows about the middle of June, whereas the regular harem 
masters take their places early in May. It is doubtless the earliest arrivals which leave first, and the 
idle bulls which have fasted for a shorter period are still comparatively fresh. These are the ones 
which stand their ground in August. 


Another pup dying of starvation is wholly insensible. These are pups which 
have in one way or another lost connection with their mothers. 1 The pups still active, 
but showing signs of starvation about the eyes, the large head, uncertain gait, and a 
lack of plumpness, will be found to be the product of pelagic sealing. Similar changes 
are shown by the pup starving at the house, which is still alive. 

One bull has a singular voice, like a fog horn. The pups and harems are now 
grouped to the top of Hutchinsou Hill. In the breeding season but one bull with a 
harem was located on this hill, and his 2 cows ran away. 

A cow is seen dragging herself along, unable to move her hind flippers. Several 
bulls have been killed on account of this, but their examination has not resulted in 
indicating the trouble. Another pup is seen with pus running out of his lost eye. 

At the foot of Hutchinson Hill 2 bulls were fighting. One got badly routed and 
was very angry. When he saw me sitting on a stone near by he came after me with 
the same force and vigor that had been displayed against him by the other bull. I of 
course resigned the stone to him without parley and he continued to hold it for a long 
time in a self-satisfied way, as if the fact that he had routed me was some solace to his 
wounded pride. (Dr. Jordan.) 


The height of the breeding season lasts until about the 20th of July, after which 
time the authority of the bull is not very potent with the cows, many of whom are 
then going into the water. At this time it is possible to stampede a harem of cows 
by approaching too near. Frequently they will leave in a body and take to the sea. 
But this is not so serious as a similar stampede would be in the height of the season, 
for at the latter time the bull has become listless and makes little if any objection, 
except perhaps in the case of individual cows, which may be those not yet impregnated. 
The pups also are strong and active and are podding by themselves. At the same 
time the bull himself will retain his position, and no power can stampede him except 
the attack of a larger bull. The so-called stampedes are usually due to the attempts 
of half bulls and idle bulls to enter the harems in the breeding season, either to steal 
cows or to take up places there. 

A cow that had a bad gash above her flipper on July 25 is almost well now. 


Part of the harems and cows on Northeast Point rookeries was counted by Mr. 
Lucas and Dr. Stejneger on the 16th of July. But no count could be made of the 
immense numbers under Hutchinson Hill and to the southwest of it. A count of the 
harems was made to day by Dr. Jordan. In this count of bulls an effort was made 
to include only those in service, not half bulls. Many were idle in the breeding 
season, and many then in service are now gone. This spoils the accuracy of the count, 
but it is probably not far from correct. 

Dividing the whole rookery into two parts, the east and west, the former has 24.'J 
hareins; the hitter, 975. The harems on this rookery seemed unusually large, and it 

1 A mother killed at sea on August 1 might have been away several days, and a young pup, under 
these circumstances, might haveheen without food for a woek hefore August 1, thus giving from fifteen 
to eighteen days, a sufficient time in which to starve. 


seems about right to use the 17.3 average per harein for the whole of it. This would 
give the total of seals for the east side as 3,565; for the west side, 15,575. The 
distribution of dead pups for the two sides is : East Northeast Point, 485; West, 1,808. 
This corroborates the original estimates, which gave the proportion of the two sides 
as 4,328 and 15,879. 

The division of the rookery is taken from the point itself. This throws the great 
mass under Hutchinson Hill and to the southwest of it into the western part. The 
western side we have called Vostochni; the eastern side, Morjovi. 


As we passed this rookery on our way home almost the whole population, bulls, 
cows, and paps, were down on the low reef of rocks which extends out into the sea from 
the base of the cliffs off Polo vina Point, it being low tide. The pups and holostiaki were 
playing in the pools, and the cows and bulls were lying around on the rocks or sitting 
up, wet after their bath. They had evidently taken to the sea on account of the sun, 
which shines brightly. A photograph of the rookery taken from the point of the 
cliffs showing a scene like this one would be extremely picturesque. 


An experiment was made with a view of determining the ground occupied by 
closely massed seals. One of the pods of dead seal carcasses on the killing ground 
at Polovina was measured. These seals are laid out on the average as closely together 
as we have seen living seals in the thickest portions of the crowded rookeries. The 
patch measured 285 by 31, or 8,835 square feet. It contained 650 bodies, which would 
give an average space of 13 square feet to each. Mr. True's estimate gave 23. Mr. 
Elliott's 4 square feet, including no space for pup. 


At sea on Rush. The wind light; sea smooth; foggy. Sixteen seal bodies were 
obtained 15 females and 1 male from the Canadian schooner Aurora. Three 2-year- 
olds recently impregnated. The blood vessels of both ovaries and both branches of 
the uterus were much congested. Both ovaries contained Graafian follicles in various 
stages of development. It seems apparent that the first impregnation may occur in 
either branch of the uterus, but that subsequently impregnation and delivery 
alternates, as shown by Mr. Towuseud, whose statements regarding the condition of 
females at sea are sustained in every particular. 

Cases of twins have been reported by sealers, and from the evidence at hand it 
would seem that such cases, if real, must occur among females bearing for the first 
time. There is a possibility that a female which bred early in the season might, if 
not impregnated until late, become pregnant in both branches of the uterus. 1 

1 Such a course would, in the nature of things, tend to eliminate the animals following it, as 
after allowing sufficient time for both branches to recover and be prepared for impregnation, the 
period of gestation would throw the birth so late in the fall that the pups could not survive. It 
seenis essential in the economy of the seal that one horn of the uterus be ready for impregnation 
almost immediately upon the delivery of the other. 



Mr. Lucas and Mr. Townsend returned on the Rush. Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark, 
with Judge Crowley and a boat's crew, visited Sivutch Rock in the morning, makiug 
a count of the dead pups on Tolstoi and Lagoon rookeries in the afternoon. 


The following is an abstract of Mr. Lucas's report of the results of his cruise on 
the Rush among the pelagic sealers : 

"On the evening of August 9 the bodies of 7 seals were obtained from the 
Canadian schooner Agnes McDonald, and 12 bodies were obtained from the American 
schooner Deealiks. On the 10th of August 13 bodies were obtained from the Canadian 
schooner E. B. Marrin, and on August 11, 16 from the Canadian schooner Aurora. 
One 5-year-old male was thrown overboard from the E. B. Marvin. 

"Two of the 48 bodies obtained were young males; the remaining 46 were females 
from 2 years old upward, some being very old. The 46 females were carefully 
examined by Mr. Townsend and myself, with the following results: 

" Forty-three were breeding females with pursing young, and 3 were 2-year-olds 
just arrived at the age of first impregnation. Forty-two of the females, including 
the 3 2-year-olds, had been recently impregnated, while the condition of the remaining 
4 was somewhat uncertain, and the ovaries were reserved for further examination. 1 

" In regard to food, it may be said that only 14 contained any trace of it, and in 
the majority of cases this consisted of squid. Next in order of importance is pollock, 
while a single individual contained bones of a cottoid. 

'The results obtained from the examination of the 48 bodies are so strictly in 
accord with the observations made by Mr. Townsend in 1895 that it would seem 
unnecessary to pursue this branch of the investigation further, unless it should be 
deemed best to continue it at a later date. 

" It is apparent that the large majority of seals taken by pelagic sealers in 
August are females with nursing young, and that an equally large majority are 
females which have been impregnated and would, if spared, bear young during the 
coming year. The females noted as not impregnated may, on closer examination, 
prove to have been, and not a single instance of a 'barren female' has come to light." 


Mr. Lucas reports that the " intestinal worms ' ; in the stomach of the hair seal 
taken at North Beach, a few days ago, on closer examination prove to be the soft 
axes of the tentacles of the octopus. 

As touching the age of seals, Mr. Lucas finds that in yearling and 2-year-old 
females the whiskers are black, while in the younger breeders they begin to turn 
gray; in the older ones they are quite white. He also reports that very black-bellied 
pups are not males, but are younger pups which have not begun to shed their hair; 
the brown-bellied ones are older. On examination of the teeth, etc., the barren 
female found with the bachelors on the Eeef hauling ground seems to have been 
about 5 years old. 

Closer examination showed the majority of these doubtful cases also to be impregnated. 


Mr. Lucas fiiids that when the liver is thin and dark, the lungs have very 
blackish congestion and the intestines contain more or less blackish fecal matter, 
it is a case of starving to death. The congestion of the lungs is probably produced 
by injuries that would not affect well pups. Drowned pups have usually a little 
water in the lungs. The lungs are pale, the outer organs in good condition; sometimes 
there is water in the stomach. 

Kotik, the experimental pup, weighed 12 pounds on the 4th of August. His 
weight to-day, August 12, is 9tj pounds. He is beginning to show loss of flesh. 
The little starving pups noticed within the past few days on the rookeries show the 
same characteristics hollow places over the shoulder blades, the ribs, and the hips. 


Dr. Jordan counted the harems on this rookery and Mr. Clark counted the dead 
pups. Of the latter there were 50, all told. The number of harems proves to be 
larger than was supposed, counting with a glass from the Reef, only a part of the 
breeding ground being visible from that point. There are 63 harems, represented 
by bulls at this time. This is doubtless an unsatisfactory count, but it is better 
than the original. This island therefore represents quite a respectable rookery of 
1,090 cows but little smaller than the Lagoon. The ground is very favorable for 
rookery purposes, as the low death rate shows. There are two hauling grounds 
occupied by the bachelors one at the north end and the other at the south end. 

A bull was seen at some distance in the water trying to keep a cow from swimming 
off. He finally picked her up in his mouth as a dog might a duck and carried her in 
to the shore, depositing her on the rocks and standing guard over her. 

A good many pups obviously starving are still strong and active. That they are 
starving is shown by the absence of fat over their ribs, scapula, and rump and by the 
disproportionately large size of the head. The plumpness of the normal pup has given 
way to an unusual slenderness. The starving pup at the village gives a standard of 
comparison. While he is still very active and pugnacious, he is plainly starving and 
the end is not far off'. 


The count of the dead pups on Tolstoi rookery was made by Dr. Jordan, Mr. 
Macoun, and Mr. Clark in the afternoon. Mr. Lucas, assisted by Professor Thompson, 
dissected as many dead pups as were fresh enough for examination. Mr. Townseud 
photographed the dead pups on the sand flat. 

The great area of hard, sloping sand, with the beach below, was found to contain 
1,495 dead pups, the vast majority of them apparently having been killed at the 
beginning of the breeding season, when this region was covered so thickly with seals 
that they looked like a great swarm of bees. This portion of Tolstoi was the densest 
of all the rookeries in the breeding season. 

The dead pups were especially numerous in the center of the large wedge shaped 
mass as it appears in the early part of the season, and also underneath the northernmost 
green cliff'. The rocky slope over this cliff' contains many dead pups, the rookery floor 
being here made up of rock in place, with occasional large bowlders. There are many 
concave depressions, and the few bowlders are too far apart to be of service. 


Farther to the south, on the ragged rocky slope between the green cliff's, there are 
few dead pups. Its extreme steepness and the numerous angular bowlders protect it 
well. There are very few pups dead along the cliffs to the south, except in some 
places where the rocks are smooth and the bowlders far apart. All the dead pups 
found along the clifts died early. The total for the cliff portion of the rookery was 289. 

The number of pups washed up on English Bay by the high surf ten days ago 
has now grown to 232. All of these are pups long dead, most with the umbilical cord 
attached. Some of the pups found on the rocks at the water front below the sandy 
Hat seem to have been drowned; but the whole number of the pups drowned is very 
small not over a dozen. The total for Tolstoi rookery is, therefore, 1,895 dead pups, 7 
cows, and 1 bull. 

The bulte in the center of the great wedge-shaped mass are more ferocious than 
the outlying ones. Those near the water and at the head of the cliffs are easily driven. 
But some of the old ones can not be moved at all. 

Very many pups just beginning to starve are noticed. A few are nearly gone. 
Most of these seem fairly attributable to pelagic sealing. 

Mr. Lucas notes that at Tolstoi a small starving pup ran at him and bit a dead 
pup he was carrying so firmly that the living pup was raised from the ground and 
carried several steps hanging to the dead one. 

A number of dissections were made, but as the results do not differ materially 
from those already given they need not be here recorded in detail. They will be 
treated by Mr. Lucas in another connection. 


On the way home an attempt was made to count the living pups on the Lagoon 
rookery. Mr. Macoun and Mr. Clark made the count of live pups while Dr. Jordan 
counted the dead pups. 

For a part of Lagoon rookery the count of live pups was easily made. But at 
the extreme end, where the harems spread over the entire width of the rookery, the 
count became difficult. Many of the pups also were in the water on the lagoon side. 
As it seemed impossible to make an accurate count of the remaining pups, the work 
was abandoned until another time. On footing up the pods of pups counted, how- 
ever, several hundred more live pups were found to have been counted than there 
were cows on the entire rookery in the height of the season. Mr. Clark's count was 
over 1,600, while the whole number of cows on Lagoon rookery was only 1,474. This 
state of affairs raises an interesting problem and makes it necessary to count the live 
pups, for they are evidently largely in excess of the apparent number of cows. 


Seventy-eight dead pups were found on the lagoon, 4 dead cows, and 2 dead bulls. 

One cow was seen with two bloody spots on her neck from which blood was 
dripping. She was either shot or speared. She had just given birth to a pup, which 
was doing well ; the youngest of the season so far. About half of the dead pups on 
the Lagoon rookery are wedged in among the rocks below the level of the surf. Many 
of them are fresh looking, as if they had been drowned in the high surf of a few days 
ago. The usual number of pups beginning to starve were seen here. A small 
percentage of the dead had probably starved. 


The Lagoon rookery is located on a spit formed of rounded bowlders thrown up 
by the surf, or more likely pushed up by ice floes. It presents a hard ground for either 
seals or man to move about on as the bowlders are very irregular. The death rate on 
the rookery is extremely small, though it is exposed to the full force of the surf, and 
landing when the water is high must be fraught with danger. The small number of 
dead shows clearly that the number of drowned pups is small. 


Two pups supposed to have been drowned were brought home to be examined. 
Mr. Lucas reports no evidence of drowning. 

The following is the record of the dissections : 

Male pup, fat; extravasations over neck and chest in subcutaneous district. 
Lungs highly congested; hard, containing much blood. Serous fluid in thorax; right 
side of heart much distended with blood clots. 

Female pup, very thin; lungs flaccid, congested; kidneys also congested; 
subcutaneous tissue congested over back and side of thorax. Black slime in rectum. 


The count of dead pups on Gorbatch was made by Lr. Jordan, assisted by Mr. 
Macoun. Mr. Lucas dissected such dead pups as were fresii enough for examination. 


The northern end of Gorbatch, beginning below Zoltoi to the green cliff, has 426 
dead pups. Here there are four small death traps, the one opposite the first bight 
being a space covered with flat stones offering no protection. The next, very bad, is 
a sandy district at the end of the cliff's right under the high pinnacle with the small 
concavity adjoining it. 1 Another bad place lies behind and abutting the last green 
cliff. All spaces in which seals are massed are dangerous to pups, whether covered 
with sand, hard earth, or rounded rocks. They are only safe when the bowlders are 
large and angular. The rocks here are hard and worn as slippery as glass. 

Along the rocky edge of Gorbatch, at the foot of the smooth cinder slope between 
the last green rock and the hair-seal point, are 232 dead pups. South of this point to 
the end there are 54. This region is largely composed of coarse columns flattened 
at the top with a high cinder slope, containing some very steep slides, along which a 
seal that has occasion to go down is likely to slide from top to bottom. All these parts 
are densely occupied, the number of bad places being exceedingly small. This tract, 
covering one-fourth of the whole rookery, has but about one fifteenth of the dead 

On the very steep slide at the south end, in which numbers of seals are coming 
and going, there are numerous large pods of pups, but only 2 dead ones were found. 
When the seals are frightened they rush for this slide, and are often piled up in a 
congested mass at the bottom, but they work their way out, because they can not be 
jammed against rocks. On the rocky columns near by the pups leap from rock to rock 
and tumble down, bounding like rubber balls. When they get fastened in a crevice 
they extricated themselves as readily as a cat would. 

1 These sandy spaces were in 1897 found to be infested with Uncinaria. 


Iii the large pods cm the cinder slope scarcely any dead pups were found. The 
process of podding is evidently one of the most efficient means for their protection. 
These slopes have practically no dead pups, which shows how much safer a steep 
incline is than one less steep or almost flat, as at Tolstoi and Polovina. 

A number of pollock bones were found on the rookery; evidently either spewed 
up or passed off as excrement by some seal. 

There were 5 dead cows and 1 dead bull on Gorbatch rookery. The total uumbei 
of dead pups was 712. 


The yearling females are now found going about on the rookeries wherever they 
please in the harems, playing with the pups, with half bulls, with the bachelors; they 
seem to be privileged characters, are not molested, and behave very much like pups. 
The pups are now largely shedding their hair. Many have large brown patches where 
the black hair has fallen out, showing the brown under fur. 

From examining a number of pups with reference to sex it seems that the brown 
belly is not, as suggested, peculiar to the female. Those with the brown bellies seem 
simply to be older ones that have begun to replace their black coat with brown ones, 
the brown showing first on the under parts. The next long hairs that come out are 
grayish. At present the long hairs are black. 

There seem to be very few wet cows coming in. A number, not more than one- 
fifth, old cows are on the rookeries. The existing harems are largely made up of 
virgin 2-year olds. Virgin 2-year-olds which were served early are now scattered about 
among the bachelors. 

While at the beginning of the season many harems of 40 or more cows were 
counted, these early began to diminish and the smaller ones to increase; cows would 
run away or be stolen. It is probable therefore that the number of cows impregnated 
by one bull does not exceed on an average 25 cows, but no exact data is at hand as to 
this. The largest harems to be seen at this time on the rookeries belong to the bulls 
which were idle at the height of the season. These idle bulls and many half bulls 
have invaded the rookeries and have taken places in the harems where the old bulls 
once stood. There are a few old cows in their harems, as the pups with them show, 
but the majority are virgins which have lately come upon the rookeries. 


The autopsies of dead pups which have been made within the past few days 
represent very well the relative value of the different causes of death for those pups 
which die within the first ten days of August. It must be remembered, however, that 
the vast majority, say from 95 to 98 per cent, of those now counted as dead perished 
early in July. The greater part of them are rotten to-day. When they were fresh 
enough for examination, it was impossible to get on the rookeries to reach them. 
The first ones examined had to be drawn out from the harems by means of a long 
pole with a fishhook attached to the end. 

A certain small percentage die in July of starvation either through straying off 
or from losing connection with their mothers in some way. There have been found 
from 5 to 20 dead cows on each rookery. The pups of these, if born, would naturally 
starve. Pups are only now beginning to starve to death in noticeable numbers. 


In the enumeration of Gorbatch rookery 712 dead pups were found. Of these 
all which were not too rotten to handle were dissected. Eight were so examined. 
Probably not more than 15 dead pups in fresh condition were to be found, about 2.9 
per cent of the dead pups on the rookery. I doubt if the percentage of deaths within 
ten days on any of the rookeries would exceed this. 

A growing percentage of pups are now showing signs of starving and in their case 
the cause is probably pelagic sealing. Within a few days many will die from this 
cause, provided they are not trodden upon by some bull and killed before starvation 
has run its course. 


The black, tarry feces in emaciated pups is probably due to bile, as it is present 
in all very much emaciated animals. In starving, suffocated pups, the lungs are 
deeply and darkly congested; the liver is small, thin, and dark; more or less thick 
tarry matter in the intestines, in one case much of it formed in the stomach. 


Dr. Jordan, Professor Thompson, Mr. Macoun, Mr. Lucas, and Mr. Clark went to 
Zapadui to complete the count of dead pups. 

Mr. Clark was left off at Zapadui Reef for the purpose of making, if possible, a 
count of the live pups there, and also a count of the dead ones. A very accurate 
count of cows was made on this rookery in the breeding season. 


The count of live pups was made by breaking up the narrow line in pods of 100 
or less and making them run back along the beach until a count could be made. This 
rookery is a very narrow one, and as a high surf was running the pups could not take 
to the water. By shifting the whole rookery about 200 feet in the direction of Little 
Zapadni it was possible to make each pod pass over a space sufficient to insure a 
reasonably accurate count. 

There was found a total of 3,758 live pups, to which must be added 104 dead ones, 
making a total of 3,802 pups born on this rookery. The total number of cows counted 
here was 2,256. The count, while not absolutely accurate, is very nearly so. 

Zapadni Reef, like the Lagoon, is an unprotected reef facing on the bay, and 
receives the full force of the surf. The pups here were quite expert, and went boldly 
out into the breakers when hard pressed. The surf was running high and toward 
the end of the count a number of pods took the water, swimming out and down 
toward the foot of the bay. Oftentimes the little fellows were caught on the crest of 
a breaker and landed high and dry on the rocks. They lighted like cats, always right 
side up, and immediately put out to sea again. Sometimes they would attempt, as 
the older seals do, to dive under the crest of a wave, but were not so well able to time 
their movements and were more often carried back, ^one were seen to be hurt. 


After the count of living pups the rookery was again gone over and counted for 
dead pups. One hundred and four were found on Zapadni Reef, the whole space 
15184, PT 2 11 


being admirably adapted for rookery purposes, covered as it is by large bowlders like 
the lagoon. One dead bull, "> dead cows, and 1 yearling holostiak were also found on 
this rookery. One of the cows and the holostiak were fresh, and the skins were taken 
for museum purposes. 

The dead cow contained a full-time fetus, evidently all right. It was saved and 
brought home for data as to weight and measurement. The fetus was ready to be 
presented head first, contrary to the order of presentation in the birth witnessed 
on Ardigueu, where the hind nippers appeared first and the head last. It is to be 
noted that here is a pup still unborn, showing that the limit of births extends late into 

The lungs of the cow were found to be badly congested. She might have been 
roughly handled by a bull. Xo other cause of death seemed apparent. 

The holostiak showed a crushed skull; "evidently from a blow on the head. 
There was also considerable congestion on the back of the neck and shoulders. 
Might have been the result of a blow at a killing, but as no killings from this region 
have been made since July 27, and as the animal must have died within a few hours, 
this can not have been the cause. 

As a rule no worms are found in the stomachs of the pups dissected. A few 
were found in the small intestine of a starved pap. They probably do not get them 
until they begin to eat fish. 


A count of pups at Zapadni Beef confirms what we were led to expect from the 
count on Lagoon. It is significant as showing that through the coming and going of 
cows on the rookery, it happens that at no one time can all the cows be found, or even 
much more than one-half of them. The counts, therefore, on which the census of the 
rookeries has been based are not true to the facts. They can, however, be corrected 
if we can ascertain the proportion between the cows actually present and the pups 
born. It will be necessary to count Kitovi and other places to determine and verify 
this excess of living pups, and, if possible, to form a new basis of enumeration. This 
discovery necessarily affects the estimate of True and Townsend for last season, which 
was based upon the supposition that all the cows were present when it was made in 


The count of dead pups on Zapadni and Little Zapadui was made by Dr. Jordan 
and Mr. Macoun, Professor Thompson and Mr. Lucas, dissecting such as were fresh. 

Little Zapadni is a steep hillside covered with coarse angular bowlders. Among 
the large rocks are many depressions full of rainwater, and excessively filtby from the 
excrement of the seals. 

This rookery has very few dead pups. Of all the rookeries on the island it is the 
most difficult for a man to walk over. The total number of dead pups was 134; there 
were 6 dead cows. A living cow was seen which had been severely wounded on the 
back. The wound was beginning to heal. A yearling female was noticed playing 
with the pups much as a girl would play with dolls. 

Eighteen dead pups were found on the sandy beach between Little Zapadni and 
Zapadni proper. 



The count of Zapadni was made beginning at the north end, just beyond the sand 
beach. At the very beginning of the rookery there is a level sandy place with only 
small stones scattered over it. In this patch were found 4 dead cows, 1 dead hair 
seal, and 135 dead pups. Considering the size of the place, this is a high death rate. 

The next patch, also extremely bad, lies in a sort of gully. It is a regular death 
trap. There were in it 352 dead pups and 2 dead cows. This is a long concave 
depression, like the bed of a stream, with a thick mass of seals over its bottom and 
massed on the low stony hills on either side in the breeding season. On the round 
stony hill between this mass and the next were found 153 dead pups. 


Next comes the so-called Zapadni "gully," the most effective death trap of its 
size for pups on the island. This is a long winding depression, 1 or 2 rods in width, 
broadening at intervals and narrowest at the lowest part just before it spreads out 
into the broad sandy flat which lies above the round bowlders of the beach. All 
parts of the gully were filled with dead pups, but particularly the part just above the 
wall of green rocks which bounds it on the south. Very many dead pups were also 
found on the bowlders at the water's edge. 

In this depression, at the height of the breeding season, much fighting was seen 
among the bulls, and there is no protection for the pups and nothing to impede the 
movements of the fighting bulls. Besides this, bands of roving bachelors came down 
the runway at the upper end of the gully and passed through the harems to the water 
below. In the breeding season the entrance of a half bull in this gully was the signal 
for a general fight until he was thrown out at the lower end. The bachelors are 
tempted to use this runway because it is smoother than the ordinary way over the 
rocks. The gully and the sandy beach below contained 663 dead pups. 

On the rocks below this gully a cow had just given birth to a pup. She seemed 
greatly distressed over the disturbance. All the other cows in the harem left her to 
go in the water. She remained, however, by her pup, as newly made mothers have 
frequently been seen to do. Those with older pups run aw;iy, leaving them to take 
care of themselves. Even the young bull in the harem to which the cow belonged 
has left his post. 

A pup was seen to approach a little pool of rain water and sip it, as though 
drinking. Whether he really drank any or not was impossible to determine. 

South of this gully is a parapet of rocks covered with green sedge. On the hill 
behind this there were 35 dead pups. The ground is but scantily covered in the 
breeding season. 

Very few fresh pups are seen except on the rocks at the water's edge. Some of 
these are starved, occasionally one apparently drowned. 

Next comes a rocky beach that extends some distance along the shore, having 292 
dead pups and 1 dead bull. Another broad beach extends back on the sandy ground, 
but has no runway for bachelors through it. It has 184 dead pups and 1 dead cow. 

Then comes a break in the rookery, which serves as a runway to the hauling 
ground near its middle. This is followed by a long beach extending backward at 
intervals in sandy flats and having some bad ground, on which are 290 dead pups, 7 
dead cows, and 2 dead bulls. 


The next large patch extends back along the rocks for some distance and is 
extremely fatal in its lower part, where the level ground adjoins the rocky beach. It 
has 448 dead pups and 1 dead bull. 

From this point to the south end of the rookery the clifl's are composed of large 
columns and great rocks, on which there are very few dead. On the rocky portion, 
which includes the whole south end, there were 155 dead pups. 

Above the cliff's on the natter rocks and more level districts there are 388. Flats 
with sandy tracts abound in this region, and in them the mortality is greatest. 
There are 2 dead cows and 2 dead bulls. 

Two cases of copulation were noted. One young bull with a 2-year-old cow 
seemed very awkward, but eager. One bull entirely blind was noticed. He seems 
pitifully helpless, groaning and snorting at the disturbance, but without being able to 
see what was going on about him. 


Kitovi 109 

Lagoon 78 

Lukanin 205 

Tolstoi 1,895 

Zapadni 3, 095 

Little Zapadni 134 

Zapadni Reef 104 

Gorbatch 712 

Ardiguen 2 

Reef 950 

SivutcliRock 50 

Polovina 635 

Little Polovina - 47 

Vostochni 1,808 

Morjovi 485 

Total 10,309 

About 2,500 pups have been crushed by bulls on Tolstoi sands and the two 
northernmost gullies of Zapadni. Of these certainly 1,500 each year could be saved 
if the spaces in question were covered with rocks. The mortality must have been 
greater when the great masses of seals of early days were on the rookeries. It is not 
too much to say that 100,000 pups have been needlessly trampled to death in these 
places since the United States assumed control of the island. The vast importance 
of the seal rookeries would justify the going over the rookeries each year in a careful 
inspection and putting each one of the death traps in the best possible order. 

There are as many pups on Little Zapadui, Zapadni Reef, and the rocky slopes as 
on Tolstoi sands, and the mortality on these Zapadni rookeries reaches a total of only 
238, while on Tolstoi sands there are 1,495 over six times as many. 



In the first five of the following cases examination was not made, the cause of 
death being obvious : 

1. A pup crushed under a rock. 


2. A crushed pup greatly emaciated. 

3. A crushed pup in good condition, jammed in rocks. 

4. One young pup: thin; lett eye sore. 

5. A recently dead pup ; eye picked out ; bleeding at nose ; too dirty to be handled. 

6. Male; emaciated; found washed up on the beach; no food iu stomach, which 
contained water; trachea full of foam; liver shows emaciation; also black matter in 
stomach and intestines, that in stomach probably due to regurgitation ; drowned. 

NOTE. After exposure to air the lungs till aud turn red. There is none of the deep congestion 
found in starved and trampled pups. 

7. Female, large, fat; found at high- water mark; contusion on back aud left 
side ; watery fluid in abdominal cavity ; foamy mucus in trachea ; lungs congested ; 
normal feces ; normal viscera ; liver normal; stomach distended with air; injuries 
and drowning. 

8. Female, fair condition ; found on sandy spot ; recently dead; lungs congested, 
flat, no air ; stomach empty ; viscera normal, also heart ; no contusion visible except 
over left frontal, slight; apparently drowned. 

9. Male, large, fat, recently dead; left lung congested; right lung not congested, 
but does not crepitate ; stomach full of milk ; liver, intestines, and kidneys healthy. 

10. Male, large, good condition ; blood about normal ; left eye gone, orbit inflamed ; 
no contusion visible on body or head ; lungs healthy ; stomach distended with milk ; 
viscera normal; no visible cause of death. 

11. Male, fat, large ; found on sand ; blood fluid ; lungs congested, solid, hard, 
leathery, incompressible ; liver much congested ; kidneys somewhat congested ; 
stomach full of air. 

12. Female, fat ; stomach full of milk ; organs in good condition except right 
lung, which is congested; found on sand among rocks; probably crushed. 

13. Male pup, fair condition ; a bad bruise on abdomen, near rump ; testicles 
squeezed out ; died slowly ; found where he probably fell from the rocks above ; 
lungs congested, the left flattened ; stomach empty ; bruises caused by fall. 

14. Female, fat ; lungs watery, flabby ; right lung slightly congested ; stomach 
full of milk ; somewhat bruised about chest ; some little time dead, but quite fresh ; 
spleen slightly bruised ; ventricles very much clotted ; bruise on right side of frontal 
region ; probably bruised by surf and drowned. 

A pup with a suppurating eye killed at Zapadui was brought home. On examination 
the eye was found to be injured by a bite or possibly by the peck of a gull. A slight 
contusion above the orbit. The eye was cut out and saved in formalin. The pup was 
killed by being strangled aud being knelt upon ; it took between three and five 
minutes to kill him. The lungs showed congestion as in other pups examined. No 
sign of external contusions were found. 


Most of the dead pups counted have been long dead ; recent ones very few. 
Two freshly drowned pups were found on Southwest Bay sand beach, but the total 
number drowned is small. Many of the drowned pups are .emaciated and would 
have died anyhow. Starving pups once washed off the rocks would be less able to get 
back than healthy ones. 



Gulls pick out the eyes of pups, or at least of many pups, soon after they die, but 
I am in doubt as to whether they pick out the eyes of living pups, much less kill them. 
In the case of very young pups this might be possible were it not for the fact that 
when the pups are young the harems are full and the mothers of the pups near them. 
The mere presence of the mother is a source of protection, though as a rule the female 
seems very indifferent to its offspring. 


Colonel Murray reports the following completed count of harem and idle bulls 
for the rookeries of the two islands : 





July 18 


Northeast Point . 

1 595 

1 095 


Halfway Point ' 























English Bay 3 










July 29 * 






Staraya Artel 







Aug. 1 




Total, St. George , 



Total, St. Paul 



Grand total, 1896 



Grand total, 1895 



Decrease . 




1 Polovina and Little Polovina. 

2 This includes Gorbatch and Reef rookeries. 

s The breeding ground we have designated Zapadni Keef. The discrepancy here between Colonel Murray's count 
and that of Dr. Jordan (176), is so great as to suggest that the former count, made from the shore in the roar, is not so 
accurate as the latter, made from a boat in front. 

4 From the results of the investigations of 1897 we are led to doubt the value of counts of harems made after the 
25th of July. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark made a count of the live pups on Kitovi rookery. The 
method employed was to cut off a pod of about 100 pups or less and run them off 
from the main body until they were strung out in a narrow line that could be counted. 
As soon as one pod was counted a second was run off, and this process repeated until 
the whole rookery was covered. The pups would ordinarily have taken to the water, 
but a tremendous surf was running directly against the rookery front, preventing 
their doing so. The result of the count can not be more than a hundred out of the 
way, and is, if anything, an underestimate. 

Beginning at the south end of the rookery to Kitovi Point there were 649 pups. 
To the grassy wall of cliffs at the middle of Kitovi there were 2,244. To the great 
green cliff, 922. To the beginning of the great amphitheater, 1,049. To the end of 


Kitovi, 1,076. The total of live pups for Kitovi is 5,940. To this should be added 
109 dead pups to find the total births (6,049) of this rookery for the season of 1896. 
The cows counted on Kitovi in the height of the breeding season numbered 3,152. 

A cow with one hind nipper bitten off squarely at the angle of the body was 
seen. The sore was fresh ; otherwise she was all right. 

One pup jumped off a rock 6 feet high, lighting on his nose on a sharp stone. He 
seemed surprised, but went off as if unhurt. Two pups leaped off in very high surf. 
Failed to appear anywhere. When last seen one had its mouth open panting. 
Probably both drowned. One very large cow was noticed. She weighed probably 
100 pounds, and had white whiskers. 

Many of the pups were so full of milk that they could hardly waddle. They 
often voided excrement when hurried. Some of the cows are looking fat, as if 
well fed. 


The presence of starving pups is evident, some staggering along in the rear of 
every pod driven off. When mixed up with the general herd of pups they are not so 
conspicuous as when an effort is made to drive them. Then the starvelings fall 
behind. Some of these seem less emaciated than the one we have at the house 
for experiment; but they will all die within a few days. They are undoubtedly 
chargeable to pelagic sealing. Evidently many pups will die from this cause on 
Kitovi within the next week. Probably those to die first are younger ones whose 
mothers had been at sea some time before they were caught by the sealers. 

Even a small rookery like Kitovi seems like a great city when you try to count 
the pups. 


It is certain from the count of live pups that only about half of the females who 
breed are on the rookeries at any one time from the beginning to the end of the 
season. There are probably more on the rookeries at the height of the season than at 
any other time, but there is no time when all, or anywhere near all, the cows are 
present at one time. Probably no cow leaves until after she is impregnated. Then 
the older cows doubtless take to the sea and the rookery spreads; that is to say, 
extends backward through the incoming of the fresh cows, who give birth to their 
pups in the new harems formed around the idle bulls at the back of the former 
rookery line. 

The virgins come in also and fall in with the idle bulls, so that very few, if any, 
bulls in the course of the season fail to get some cows. As a rule, each cow remains 
in the harem where her pup is born, although the form of the harem and its discipline 
relaxes as the season advances. By the middle of August the cows move about much 
as they please. But while a cow often follows her pup, still oftener does she call and 
wait for it to come to her. By the middle of August the pups know the whole 
rookery and can find their way anywhere. They can then be driven in pods and 
handled just as bachelor seals are. 

The error made by all observers from the first has been that they supposed that 
there was a time of greatest density and compactness and that at this time virtually 


all the females were present. The partial failure of previous observers to appreciate 
the real situation has been due mainly to the fact that they could not go near enough 
to what they were observing or could not kill specimens to verify their observations. 
The absurd notion that the rookeries had to be left severely alone has left their 
condition a matter largely of conjecture. 

The failure to appreciate the true condition of the fur-seal herd which the count 
of live pups and of dead ones shows emphasizes as nothing else can the need of 
careful and systematic study of the fur-seal herd. There should be a competent 
naturalist who understands the breeding habits of animals. He should have the 
power to control the interests of the herd, and every facility should be afforded for 
carrying out his plans. 

Mr. Lucas visited Gorbatch this afternoon and dissected a dead female, preserving 
the fetus for study in dentition. 

A middle-aged female found to-day on Gorbatch. She had an old wound from 
bite on the rump. The cause of death was probably wrong presentation of fetus, the 
back of the head being presented toward vagina and wedged in pelvis. Contusion 
on head. 

At noon the Corwin came to anchor off Lukanin Bay and sent a boat ashore. It 
was decided that Mr. Lucas and Mr. Macoun should go to St. George Island to make 
a count of the trampled pups there, and accordingly they went on board in the 
evening for an early start in the morning. 

Early in the afternoon H. M. steamers Satellite and Icarus came to anchor off 
East Landing. The Satellite called for the purpose of taking Professor Thompson 
to the Commander Islands. Dr. Jordan decides to accept the invitation of Professor 
Thompson to accompany him. 


Kotik, the starveling, died to-day. His end seemed near, but was not expected for 
a day or two. No one saw him die. He was found prone on his belly, his mouth 
wide open and pressed on the ground. He probably died gasping, as the starving 
pups on the rookeries were seen to do. Evidently the final breaking down comes 
quickly. He weighed exactly 9 pounds when dead. His external appearance did not 
give evidence of so great emaciation as the starved pups on the rookeries, probably 
because he has not been trampled over by other seals. Perhaps his confinement has 
hastened his end somewhat. He has been kept in a large box having the top and 
bottom open, so that he rested on the ground and was exposed to the weather. Mr. 
Lucas took Kotik on board the Corwin with him to dissect on the way over to St. 


Mr. Lucas reports one harem in the slide to contain 50 females. Two new harems, 
presided over by a-year-old bulls, have been formed. The bull in charge of the large 
harem, an old one, is as active as ever. 


At 9 o'clock Professor Thompson and Dr. Jordan went on board the Satellite, and 
at noon the ship sailed for the Commander Islands. It is expected to return by the 


first week in September, and to bring back Mr. G. E. H. Barrett-Hamilton, a member 
of the British commission now on the Commander Islands. 


1 counted dead pups on north rookery of St. George, finding 259. The eastern 
part of the rookery is composed of large, angular bowlders, narrow, and as a whole 
good; no death traps anywhere. 

Eecently dead pups are few, only 1 fresh one secured; 9 were dead on the bluff 
slope where the harem of 135 was. Emaciated pups are also few here, and there is a 
greater proportion of plump and well-nourished pups. Among the dead pups was 
found a prematurely born pup about a foot long and weighing about 3 pounds. One 
cow seen with broken right foreleg; is so badly injured as to be scarcely able to move 
over rocks. On the rookery traces (eyes and beaks) of squid were seen which were 
apparently vomited up by a seal. The condition of these spewiugs indicates how 
rapidly a cow may return from the feeding ground. 


In the afternoon Mr. Townsend and Mr. Clark went out to the lagoon to 
experiment on the feasibility of herding seals there. The native chief, under Mr. 
Crowley's orders, sent half a dozen men to drive a pod of seals from Lukanin. 


A boat was rowed up the channel to shut off the outlet. A count of the seals 
was made as they were turned into the lagoon in small pods at the upper end. The 
drove numbered 950. 

The seals during the counting showed all the symptoms of fatigue which they 
manifested after the drive and at the killing grounds, though the drive was made but 
a short distance from Lukanin to the head of the lagoon over a grassy slope wet with 
rain. The fatigue seemed only temporary. The animals get tired very quickly and 
recover as quickly. None were injured. When the seals entered the lagoon they 
quickly spread over its entire surface, and in a few minutes a large number were 
trying to cross the rocky ridge at the Tolstoi end of the lagoon. This is the point at 
which the seals released from the drives at Ice House Lake make their way to the 
sea. They act as if the way was familiar to them. It is strange that seals from 
Lukanin should do this, as they are never turned into the lagoon from their regular 

The tide had begun to fall and the seals began to follow the current out of the 
channel. Many of the seals, of course, showed no disposition to escape, and spread out 
over the lagoon enjoying themselves, as they usually do before the rookeries. 

One man found no difficulty in guarding the passageway across the Lagoon reef, 
as the seals necessarily go slowly on land. The seals are said to attempt to get to the 
sea by way of Tolstoi when held in the lagoon, probably because they can hear the 
roar of the surf from this direction. 

Mr. Crowley says that 400 or 500 seals turned off from one of the drives last 
season for some reason did not leave the lagoon, but stayed there three or four weeks 
swimming about in the water and hauling out occasionally on the sand beach at the 
upper end. 


The tide began to rise, and it was more difficult to keep the seals from escaping 
by way of the channel; 75 or 100 of them kept constantly approaching the boat, 
which was held in mid-channel by an oarsman. When within a hundred feet they 
could be turned easily by a shout or by holding up an oar. The seals turned about 
and swam back 400 or 500 yards, but returned persistently. In trying to land Mr. 
Clark and Mr. Townsend on opposite sides of the channel several bands of 25 or 30 
escaped before the boat could get back into mid-channel. No amount of yelling on 
one bank would turn them if both were not guarded, as they would simply keep close 
to the other bank. 

Two boats with a man in each, however, could keep the channel against any 
number of seals, and a paling put across would make it impossible for them to get by. 
With one man at the angle of the bluff and a man every quarter of a mile along the 
shore of the lagoon the seals could be kept indefinitely in the lagoon. 

In the evening the seals were found scattered over the entire upper surface of the 
lagoon. A large number were bunched at the foot near the channel. None had 
attempted to withdraw by way of Tolstoi or Lukanin. 

The storm increased all the afternoon, and blew across the marshy ground over 
the channel in such a way as to make it extremely uncomfortable maintaining the 
guard there. At 7 o'clock, therefore, it was decided to release the seals for the 
present. After the departure of the company's steamer another trial will be made. 
There seems no doubt that 20,000 seals could be guarded in this lagoon if necessary. 
If the lagoon were fenced, of course there would be no question. 

If seals can be kept in the lagoon, it will be possible the last week in August to 
drive the bachelor seals on the hauling grounds into the lagoon and keep them 
there until September 1. This would effectually keep them out of the way of pelagic 
sealers, thus reducing the pelagic catch. 

A more important bearing of this experiment, however, is that if it is possible to 
so keep the seals in this lagoon, the rejected ones from the drives can be kept from 
returning to the hauling grounds. This would save their being driven and redriven, 
thus reducing the labor of handling the seals on the killing fields. 


At St. George 134 dead pups and 6 dead cows were counted on Staraya Artel. 

The live pups could not be counted, as many were in the water and more were 
hidden among the rocks. Few emaciated pups are on this rookery, although some 
were seen. 

One apparently gravid cow, large, heavy, and sluggish, was seen. Nearly all the 
cows were off the rookery, and a large proportion of pups were either in or by the 
water. It is a favorable rookery, except on the rather flat slope, where the death rate 
as compared with the number of cows counted is greater than on North rookery. 

Mr. Macoun and Colonel Murray counted dead pups on Zapadni; 75 were on the 
hillside, 124 on beach 199 in all and 2 dead cows. 

In the afternoon I counted dead pups on Little East rookery with Mr. Judge. A 
count of living pups was also made and 1,319 found; this number, with the 31 dead 
ones, gave a total of 1,350 pups for the rookery. Only one of the dead pups was 
fresh. This one had died of starvation. There was 1 dead cow. 

Mr. Macoun and Colonel Murray counted dead pups on Great East, finding in all 
112 dead pups and 2 dead cows. 




An experiment was made this morning with a view to determining- the effect on 
the temperature of the water in a pond or lake produced by herding a body of seals 
in it. Three hundred and fifty seals were driven from Lukanin, where 900 seals were 
driven from yesterday afternoon, and held four hours in the little pond beside Ice House 
Lake. The temperature of the pond before the seals were put in was 50 at the border 
and 1 lower in the middle. The pond is shallow, having an average depth of only 2i 
feet. The seals were put in at 10.35. Below is a record of observations made with a 
common mercury thermometer: 


Weather. Air. 

Pond temperature. 



11. 15 








Su i is h hit- and fog 


Sunshine and fog; light breeze.. 








Thick fog and light breeze 

Thick fo" . . . 

Light fog 


Thick fo" 

. do .. . 

On two occasions the temperature of a cove occupied by seals for half an hour 
was taken separately and found to be 1 higher than the open water. The 
temperature of Ice House Lake at 12.45 and 2.10 was 52, the same as that of the 
pond in which the seals were. The last five observations were made by Mr. Clark ; 
the others were made by Mr. Townsend. Mr. Clark's air temperatures were taken 
with the thermometer wet and in the wind; Mr. Townsend's were taken in the shelter 
of the long grass. 

The pond adjacent to the one in which the seals were held and larger in extent 
did not show any remarkable difference of tempeiature. Both ponds were sheltered 
among the hills, and the gradual increase of temperature from 50 to 53 may have 
been due to the effects of the sun as noon was approached. The pond was about half 
an acre in extent. It is evident from this experiment that Webster Lake, Lake 
Anton, and certain of the ponds about Polovina could be utilized for holding the 
bachelors from these rookeries. The salt lagoon is conveniently located for all the 
rookeries of the southern end of the islands, and if need be those from Zapadni and 
Polovina could be driven there. 

At 3 o'clock the seals were driven over and turned into the lagoon. They swam 
down through the length of the lagoon and crossed over the neck at the point which 
is the usual exit of the rejected seals turned out from the killings at Ice House Lake. 



In the afternoon Tolstoi rookery was visited with a view to counting the live 
pups under the cliff's. Passing by the sandy tract, a bull and two cows were the 
only adult animals on the sand which would not give way. One of the cows was 
found to have a newly born pup still wet and unable to walk. The mother fondled 
over it and snapped viciously at two starved pups which were trying to nurse her. 
The bull seemed quite as fierce and dangerous as at the height of the season. They 
were not disturbed further. 

Under Tolstoi cliffs 2,164 pups were counted. The water for a distance out was 
lined with pups swimming, mingled with holostiaki. No attempt was made to count 
them or any of the pups that took to the water during the count. There were prob- 
ably 500 of them in the water. Another difficulty arose from the hiding of the pups 
in the caves and holes among the rocks. As many of these were counted as possible, 
but two hundred pups might easily have been overlooked in out of the way places. 
This is especially true of the part next the head, which is made up of great bowlders 
piled in confused heaps, in the angles and crevices of which the pups were thickly 

A large cream-colored albino cow with pink flippers and eyes was seen at Tolstoi 
Head. She was a fine-looking animal. Her presence was noted at the time of the 
count of the cows early in the season. 


In the course of the afternoon Mr. Crowley and Mr. Townseud counted pups 
on Ardiguen. Cows were counted here on July 13 by Mr. Townsend and found to 
number 550. The number of live pups counted was 650. The pups were counted 
twice in an hour and a half, the second count tallying closely with the first. The 
first count was made from the overhanging bluffs; the second by passing through 
the rookery. Not more than 30 pups were in the heavy breakers along the shore. 1 


An attempt was made by Mr. Clark and Mr. Townsend, assisted by Judge Crowley 
and natives, to count the live pups on Gorbatch rookery, beginning at the north end. 
After counting for some distance it was found utterly impossible to manage the seals. 
In the first place the pups could not be kept from taking to the water, and once in it 
they either remained there or swam ahead if counted, and back if not counted. Then 
in every crevice in the rocks the little fellows would pile up on one another so that 
they could neither be got out nor counted. It even seemed that some of them would 
be smothered, so thickly were they packed in. The seals could not be worked off 
gradually, and either went in large bodies, trampling the pups, or else the pups 
accompanied them into the water. 

1 We can not help feeling that this count failed to get all the pups among the rocks. They 
certainly could not have been seen from the hank, and as the count on the rookery merely corroborated 
the one from above, it does not add strength to it. In 1897 this little rookery showed most decided 
shrinkage. Three harems, aggregating 78 cows, were wholly wanting, and yet a careful count of 
the live pups in August gave 736. We are therefore inclined to believe that Ardiguen was under- 
estimated in 1896. 


It is evident that the counting of live pups is not practicable on the wide rookeries 
unless they can be driven out to a level place, and this is not possible, except at 
considerable risk to the pups. 

In two instances we were repeatedly driven off by female seals who seemed to 
have pups in pods which they were bound to defend. These mother seals could not 
be driven, and returned to the attack when hauled a considerable distance down the 
slope. Cows with newly born pups have been noted thus brave, but never those with 
older pups. No bull could have made more trouble than these cows did. 


With a view of determining- the proportion of the sexes, a number of pups on 
Gorbatch rookery were examined. In the first lot of 136 pups, 70 were found to be 
females and <(> males. In the next lot of 79, 40 were found to be males, 39 females. 
In the next pod of 126, 80 were males and 46 females. Another lot of 63, 36 were 
males and 27 females. Another contained 24 males and 30 females. Thus out of a 
total of 458 pups, 246 were males and 212 females. The discrepancy arise? in one 
pod of pups found in a cave, the great majority of which for some reason were males. 

In examining these pups the question of the color of belly was kept in mind. It 
was found that both males and females had brown bellies, and vice versa. Xor did 
the brownness seem to have anything to do with size, the largest as well as the 
smallest pups having light bellies. 

At least 20 starving pups were seen on Gorbatch to-day in the small part of the 
rookery counted. Three of these pups were all but dead, wholly unable to move or 
get about. They were unconscious, and only a fitful jerky breathing told that life 
still lingered in them. Two others were dead, but still warm, and manifestly starved 
to death. 

The pups examined as to sex were for the most part taken out from the little 
groups huddled in the crevices of the rocks. Where they were piled up still after 
half an hour the undermost ones were in a heated condition, as indicated by their 
flippers when handled. It would not do to try and count the living pups on these 
rocky rookeries. 


At 4 o'clock the slide of Ardignen was visited. The place seemed practicallj' 
deserted. Only one bull is at the head of the slide, probably B. There are no bulls 
at all on the main part. Six young bulls maintain position on the water's edge and 
are teasing 2-year-olds and passing cows. Apparently most of the cows are at sea. 
The pups are down on the rocks at the edge or in the water. 

Pups are imitative little creatures. One slides down the incline of a smooth 
stone, lighting on his nose. Another came down and did exactly the same thing, 
following his example. 

Two freshly dead starved pups are seen on the slide. A number of living pups 
show the effects of 'starvation. 

Interesting to note the peculiar position in which the animals lie. A cow is lying 
on a rather steeply inclined rock with her head toward the top, her pup lying beside 
her in exactly the same position. Two cows are lying on flat stones with their heads 
hanging down over the side; apparently have no fear of a rush of blood to the head. 



Cows are seen to recognize their pups. The cow seems to shake her head as she 
calls over her pup. The pup imitates her, aud the recognition is considered mutual. 
The cow seems to assure herself by smelling. The pups know their mother's voice. 
Cows snap at strange pups, and the strange pup treats the cow with indifference 
when he knows she is not his mother. If the reception of a pup by its mother is not 
as cordial and definite as could be desired, there is nothing lacking in the vigor of 
the rejection of the strange pup. 

The indifference and stupidity of the average seal is well shown by the case of 
the pup which just now has found its mother on a low stone in shallow water. She 
was apparently suited with the position, and does not intend to move, but the pup is 
in trouble. To get at the nipple it must stand on its hind nippers in the water, ani 
every time the surf comes in is nearly swept away. Still the cow keeps her place, 
letting the pup work out the problem for itself. Presently the cow slips off the rock 
and swims out to sea. The pup follows hot after her. For some time the two can be 
distinguished, the pup swimming over and about the cow. 


At East rookery two recently dead starved pups were found. The pup starved 
on St. Paul as a check died in fifteen days, so that these two can have died as a direct 
result of pelagic sealing. Naturally many of the females must have gone to sea 
before the 1st of August, so that their pups were without food for a week or more 
before pelagic sealing began. 

From numerous observations it is apparent that cows when wet will allow pups 
to nurse. It is also apparent that the pup recognizes its mother's cry. The seal's 
sight is not very acute. While watching for sea lions three times it was necessary for 
me to frighten away cows which walked directly up to me, so close that two more 
steps would have brought them on me. 


I killed a very old sea lion at St. George to-day. Sea lions hauled out 150 to 200 
yards from where we were skinning their mate. They rub noses in the water. Females 
seem to have a peculiar movement of the head, moving it up and down, with a slight 
vibratory motion. This apparently means something to the pup. Sea lions are much 
more sociable and affectionate than seals; the pups accompany their mothers in 
swimming, and haul out beside them. Bulls, cows, and bachelors haul out on the 
same grounds, but the bachelors seem to keep more or less together, and are less 
suspicious. Where are the yearlings? 

The peculiar chalky appearance of the excrement is probably due to the crabs on 
which the animals feed. It is believed that the sea lions feed near the shore, and food 
found in the stomach strengthens this. 

Sea lions like to go in compact herds. They lie on one side with flippers out like 
humpback whales. 

A pup rests on the shoulders of its mother in the water, and is carried some 
distance in this manner. No sea-lion pups are seen to nurse, and the mammary glands 
of the female killed indicate that the pups have been weaned. 


Pups play together both on land and in the water. Some of them chase after a 
gull which lights near them. A sea-lion pup coughs up a pebble which flies a foot at 


Went with Mr. Townseud iu the buckboard to Zapadui to photograph the death 

A sleeping pup on the sand flat of Zapadni Gully was found among the dead ones. 
Upon being awakened it went into spasms, rolling on its back and then on its sides, 
gasping, biting the ground, jerking with its flippers, its whole body convulsed. The 
hollow places over the shoulder blades, the well-defined ribs through the skin 
indicated that the pup was starving. It cried piteously all the time. After about 
three minutes it staggered to its feet and moved off across the sand flat, stumbling 
and falling prostrate every few steps. It will die perhaps in course of the day. 

Many starving pups are to be seen to day. Twenty-five are counted on and about 
the sandy flat at the foot of Zapadni Gully. All of these will die within a very few 


After lunch we drove across the country from Zapadui to Poloviua. Mr. 
Town send counted the live pups under the cliffs of this rookery. He had counted the 
cows on this portion of the rookery in the height of the season. 

A total of 2,445 live pups was found, and 51 dead pups were counted here on 
August 10, making a total of 2,496 pups for the season. The count of cows made on 
July 15 gave 1,268. The ratio of almost 2 to 1 cow holds as a general thing so far as 
the count of pups has been made. 

The opportunities for a correct count on Poloviua cliffs was good, it being 
possible for the greater part of the distance to count from above without disturbing 
the pups as they lay below. In only one place, where the harems extended above the 
edge of the cliff, was it possible to drive everything on to the flat above and then run 
them off' in small pods. 

There was an unusual number of holostiaki on Polovina. Mr. Towuseud said that 
he had not seen so many in any one place for a number of years. They were mostly 
yearlings, 2-year-olds, and 3-year-olds. Very few old bulls or half bulls were among 
them. The line of the bachelors extends from the middle of the main part of the 
rookery, all along the edge of the cliff', to the little hauling ground at the head of 
Polovina cliffs. There seemed to be the usual number of seals in the water off 
the cliffs. 

Many virgin cows were noted on Polovina and at Zapadni. On the dense portion 
of Zapadni rookery photographed were a large number of yearling females playing 
with the pups, one group of 4 being particularly conspicuous. There were pups in 
the pod bigger than the little yearlings. Of course the noses of the latter were 
sharper and the body a little longer and slimmer, but when they lay down in such 
a way as to hide the white belly they could scarcely be distinguished from the pups 
about them. 


In going over Zapadni and Polovina rookeries to-day it becomes evident that it 
will not be possible to clearly distinguish between the pups to be counted in October 


and those recently counted. Between those which died in July and those which died 
in September there will be a clear line of demarcation. But between those which died 
about August 1 and those which have died since August 15 no line can be drawn. 
There will therefore be a considerable area of confusion, which will widen as time goes 
on. It will not be wise to go over the rookeries to pick up the freshly dead ones, and 
in event of doing so it can not be certainly said whether the freshly dead ones 
have or have not died since the recent count. The only way is to count everything to 
be found on the rookeries after October 1, deducting from the number those already 
counted. This will give a result somewhat less than the facts, as some will 
undoubtedly disappear, but one which can not therefore be impeached, because it 
will necessarily be an underestimate. 

Numerous instances of excrement on the rookeries and hauling grounds were 
seen on Zapadni and Polovina rookeries, voided both by pups and cows. 

On Polovina an immense pod of 400 or 500 pups was rounded up on the level 
above and allowed to run off gradually, so that a count could be made. They acted 
just like a pod of grown seals would, only with worse effects on the pups. If they 
were in any way pressed they piled up on one another two and three deep. They 
sprawled about, panting from their exertions just like the older seals. Some of the 
pups that had lately nursed vomited up milk. Others, probably also with full 
stomachs, voided excrement. On the whole, it seems best not to try a count of the 
live pups except on the thinner and less densely populated rookery patches. 

To date 102 dead pups, taken at random from the rookeries, have been dissected. 
Of this number 53 have been males, 49 females. The mortality would therefore seem 
to be evenly distributed between the sexes. 


I found the pups going freely into the water on North rookery of St. George. 
It is wonderful what an amount of pounding in the surf they will stand and seem to 
enjoy. A pup was noticed at a distance from the rookery swimming across a cove 
a quarter of a mile away, the first seen to do anything of the kind. 

The grass on the hauling ground is much worn by the trampling, and it is evident 
that wear and growth must both be rapid. The rookery is almost deserted, and there 
are about as many seals in the water in front as when we went through on Sunday. 

Two recently dead starved pups were seen. It is evident that many starved pups 
will be washed away and never seen, as their instinct at this age, as well as their 
desire to find their mothers, will draw them toward the water. 

Saw to-day a fresh placenta, which was not on the ground Sunday. 


Mr. Towuseud and Mr. Clark went to Northeast Point to count the live pups on 
the patches in which the cows were counted on July 10 by Dr. Stejueger and Mr. Lucas. 


Mr. Townseud took the east side of the point, beginning to the east of Webster 
House. In the first large patch, where Dr. Stejneger and Mr. Lucas counted 967 cows, 
Mr. Townsend found 1,524 pups on land. A large number were in the water which it 


was impossible to count with accuracy. He estimated them at 200. On account 
of the rough character of the rookery bed it is altogether likely that the count is 
slightly below rather than above the actual figures. It is always difficult to count 
pups which are hidden in the crevices. Some are asleep and entirely out of sight. 

On the lower side of Sea Lion Neck the count of cows was 87; there were 149 
pups here. On the other side were two patches, in the first of which were 56 cows. 
In this patch there were 222 pups. The next patch contained 84 cows. There were 
38 pups on land. Oft' shore from these two patches were about 40 pups swimming. 
These pups evidently belonged to both patches, and it is probable that the pups from 
both sides of the neck intermingle, so that some may have belonged to the other side. 
For 227 cows on Sea Lion Neck there were counted and estimated 449 living pups. 

For a total of 1,194 cows counted, 2,173 living pups and 116 dead pups. The total 
of pups was therefore 2,289, which must be approximately the number of breeding cows 
frequenting these grounds during the season. 


Mr. Clark counted the live pups in the three patches in the west side of the point 
which had been counted. The first of these, in which 527 cows were counted, 904 pups 
were found; in the second, containing 1,366 cows, 3,058 pups were counted; in the 
third, containing 994 cows, 1,059 pups were counted. 

There is then a total of 5,011 live pups for a total of 2,887 cows counted. For 
this same space and the intervening beaches 295 dead pups were counted, making a 
total of 5,306 pups. 

A large number of the pups were in the water. An attempt was made to count 
these as they returned to shore, but it could not be accurately done. 

The pups of the three patches had all united and a continuous baud of the 
pups extended across the intervening sand beaches. The total of the pups, however, 
belonged to the three patches, as a considerable hauling ground lay between the last 
patch and the next one. 

A cow with a white ("moon") eye was seen on this rookery. A bachelor was 
found among the stones in the runway leading to the hauling ground, down which a 
number of seals had passed. The animal was lying helpless and dazed. The eyes 
twitched and rolled, and the muscles could be seen twitching under the skin. The 
bachelor was rolled over and handled. It showed no trace of injury. It could not be 
induced to rise. On returning in half an hour it was gone. 1 


I returned to St. Paul and visited the slide, finding very many pups in the water. 
There are 2 freshly dead pups in the gully. Two old bulls are still on duty and a 
5-year-old, which is very active and impressed with his own importance. 

A number of cows quarrel among themselves and prevent another from climbing 
a rock. Pups very clearly recognize their mother's voice and distinguish it from 

1 Later, in counting the starved pups, several similar instances were noted. The animals seemed 
to fall in a helpless condition as the result of fright. They always recovered in a few minutes, and 
went oft' as if nothing had happened. 

15184, PT 2 12 



the call of other cows. The mothers seem to rely most on the sense of smell for their 

An old bull is seen playing in the water among the other seals. 

Zoltoi bluff's are now very thinly populated. 


The complete count of dead pups and cows on St. George is as follows: 










Little East 



Great East 






On Little East rookery 1,319 living pups were counted, 
this rookery in the height of the season was 355. 1 

The count of cows for 


A count of the on Lagoon rookery was made this morning at low tide. 
This rookery was carefully counted for cows in July and found to have 1,474. The 
number of living pups this morning was 2,406. There were 78 dead pups counted, 
making a total of 2,484 pups, and consequently an equal number of cows actually 
on the rookery. A number of starving pups were seen among the living ones, many 
of whom will die within a week. 

In numerous places on the rookeries dripping blood marks are to be seen. This 
was noticed on Gorbatch, at Zapadni, Polovina Cliffs, and on the Lagoon this 
morning. It looks as though blood was dripping from freshly wounded seals. None 
seen in pools, but drop by drop over the stones as if left by the animal while moving. 

It is getting late to count pups. They swim so freely and are so active that it is 
difficult to keep the count from getting confused. The pups had covered the entire 
width of the reef of Lagoon this morning and were going into the water on both 
sides. The entire forenoon was spent in the work and the result is fairly accurate, 
though not satisfactory. 2 

1 It is now known that this early count was very inadequate, as the position from which the 
rookery was inspected left a large part of it concealed from view. In 1897 the rookery was more 
closely inspected in July and found to cover space which was not seen 1896. 

2 The fact that in 1897 with fewer harems and fewer cows this rookery showed more pups than 
in 1896 leads us to believe that in the latter year the count was an underestimate. For 1,474 cows in 
1896 there were 2,484 pups; for 1,319 in 1897 there were 2,598. There were 5 less hareim in 1896. 


If we summarize these various counts of live pups we get the following results : 

Live-pup counts. 




Tolstoi Cliffs 

1 498 

2 664 




2 256 







4 412 

Northeast Point (east) 




13, 829 

24, 256 

It is evident, therefore, that a correction for the absent cows must be added to 
our former estimates of the rookeries. Taking the average of the total number of 
rookeries counted, this correction seems to be 75 per cent. With this data at hand we 
may complete our preliminary census, which is as follows : 

Census of breeding seals and youn;/, 1896. 1 








3 152 

6 049 



4 450 


1 474 

2 484 


6 729 

11, 775 

Tolstoi (cliffs) 


1 498 



10, 085 


Little Zapadui 


2 400 


Zapadui Reef 





5 224 

9 142 








15 258 

Sivutoh Rock 




Polovina (main) 





1 268 

2 496 

Polovina (little) 





15, 879 

27, 148 


4 328 




70, 361 

123, 048 






Little East 






2, S35 










11, 432 

20, 023 



143 071 

Bobrovi (Otter Island) had 1 harem, containing 5 cows and 5 paps. 

Where counts of live pups have been made these counts are used as they stand, 
the 75 per cent correction being only applied to rookeries not counted. 


In the afternoon Mr. Clark visited Lukanin Cliffs. One case of attempted copu- 
lation between a young 5-year-old bull and a virgin 2 years old was seen. The young 
bull was awkward and was not successful during the half hour watched. 

'For criticism aud revision of this census, see census of 1897. 


A cow was seen to come in out of the water with a gash across the top of her head 
as if chipped out by a glancing blow from an ax or knife. The wound was not fresh. 
It might have been made by a spear point. 

Near the foot of an incline at the end of the cliff is a little pup, doubtless recently 
dead from starvation. Four other pups were seen in the course of half an hour to 
approach the little fellow and smell him over in a critical way. 

cows AND PUPS. 

Wet cows were watched with reference to the recognition of pups. Nearly every 
one was followed for a few feet from the water by pups waiting there. The cows 
snapped and snarled at the pups. The pups kept at a safe distance. 

One wet cow was seen to come up to the edge of the cliff, snapping at every pup in 
her way and calling all the time for her own pup. She followed along the cliff to its 
eiid, stopping at intervals and calling. No pup appeared, and going down to the 
water from the other end of the cliff she swam out to sea beyond the belt of swimming 
seals. Then she turned about, playing along in the water, rolling over and over, 
moving down toward the place where she first landed. She then came slowly toward 
the shore, but was lost when she came again into the belt of swimming seals. 

Four cows were watched come in from the water and either pick up their pups or 
go to them. Two were seen followed from near the water's edge by pups which after- 
wards proved to be their own, though the cows apparently paid no attention to them 
until they reached their places under the cliffs. The little fellows trudged along 
behind, answering the mother's call. One of the cows routed out four pups sleeping 
on a flat stone, apparently that she might take their place. Her own pup came up and 
put its nose to her throat, calling and shaking its little head. She answered, also 
shaking her head. 

Two cows were seen to make their way up the incline nearly to the top. Both 
were calling for their pups. Neither seemed for some time to attract attention. At 
last a little pup was seen to enter "the bottom of the slide. It was wet and struggled 
up, calling in response. Though over a hundred feet below and scores of calling 
cows and pups between, it was plain that the pup knew its mother's voice and was 
following it. After much hiuderance by quarrelsome pups and snarling cows, it at 
last reached the mother and was received with the usual tokens of recognition. 

The other cow had gone in the meantime to the very uppermost edge of the slide. 
She sat for some time pruning herself, calling at intervals. No pup seemed to hear 
her. At last she started down through the sleeping pups to a stone and routed up a 
pup, who got up responding to the cry she made. She went back to the position she 
had first chosen, the pup following her. 

Considering these cases one can not help believing that the pup recognizes its 
mother's voice and can follow it a considerable distance; that if the mother really 
wants her pup right away and it does not respond at once she hunts it up herself; 
otherwise she may wait. 


I went with Mr. Townsend and Mr. Macoun to Polovina. A further examination 
of 186 pups was made with a view to determining the proportion of the sexes. Of 
these 89 proved to be males and 97 females. 


A glance at this rookery, now that one can go over it, shows why so many dead 
pups have been reported here. The flat top of the hill is fairly strewn with dead 
pups in every stage of decomposition. Mr. Clark counted 584 dead pups here on 
August 10, where on July 23, Professor Thompson and myself saw only 8. At the 
latter date the dead pups were hidden by the living seals or lay where they could be 
approached. It is a very bad rookery, flat, with small bowlder area. 

Live pups proved very strong and active when examined for sex. They snapped 
and snarled viciously. Mr. Townsend received one bite. I allowed one to bite my 
hat. The pup held it very firmly and shook it savagely. 


It rained all morning and most of the afternoon. The company's steamer Homer 
left for San Francisco, having at last discharged her cargo. Mr. Townsend sailed 
with her. 

In the afternoon, Mr. Lucas visited Gorbatch and the slide. 



But 1 bull, the oldest (B), is left of the harems at the head of the slide. A light 
rain is falling, and this part of rookery is deserted. The cows call their pups, but do 
not always take care to select a good spot for nursing. One cow sits on the rock in 
water where the sea at times washes completely over the nursing pup. 

The young bull at the head of the slide is gone. The old bull seems to pay court 
to but 1 cow, and that the 2-year old. In fact, the 2-year olds are almost the only 
cows now looked after. 

From the way the pups play in and by the water it is more and more evident that 
we may get but a small proportion of starvelings; many will be drowned and, with 
others, may be washed away. 

At the castle-like ledge of rocks midway in the parade ground there have been 300 
or 400 bachelors hauled out for some days. To day they are gone, but a considerable 
area of the grass on the parade ground is brown with their tramping. 

On the level along the crest of the slope are a number of groups of seals, 
evidently made up of holostiaki and cows, probably also yearlings and 2-year-old 
females. A number of pups are also to be seen in the groups. 


After breakfast a visit was paid to Lukanin Cliffs. The young bull and 2-year- 
old cow seen in copulation on Saturday, were in the same place. The bull has two or 
three other virgins and some old cows about him a respectable harem. 

Gulls were seen lighting at intervals in the rocky point below the cliffs on which 
a number of cows and pups were sleeping. The cows aroused and drove them off. On 
going down to see what the gulls were after, a space on the rocks about a foot square 
was found spattered over with half-digested fish remains vomited up by some seal. 
One of the cows had withdrawn, but the other maintained her position, and seemed 
bent upon driving me off'. A quantity of the material was gathered up. The cow 
kept charging in vicious manner all the time. She could not be driven off at first, 


but was filially induced to leave by throwing pebbles at her while hidden behind a 
stone. Throwing things at her while in view produced only the effect of adding to 
her rage. When out of sight she soon became frightened at the falling stones, the 
cause of which she could not see. The half-digested flesh was washed out of a quantity 
of the spewings and the bones, worms, etc., preserved in formalin for future study. 
On a rock at a short distance more spewings were found. 


Mr. Lucas, Mr. Macoun, and myself visited the Amphitheater at Kitovi. We went 
down the slope to the cliff overhanging the water and watched the pups and holostiaki 
swimming in the water. Some confusion was occasioned on our first approach, but 
after we were seated no attention was paid to us. 

Out of six bulls watched with a glass 3 did not show any trace of testes; and 
yet one of the bulls whose testes did not show was particularly attentive to his cows. 
One very large bull showed no trace of testes in the scrotum. Mr. Lucas raises the 
question whether these testes are not drawn up as in some squirrels after the breeding 
season is over. Certainly the testes are not as a general thing so prominent as they 
were in July. 1 

Pups were apparently swimming for sport around the isolated rock in the bight. 
On the rock was a cow nursing her pup. There may have been a harem here in the 
breeding season. There are now a number of young females in charge of 2 young bulls, 
who are very active and attentive. 

One little yearling, very distinctly marked, is playing in the water with the pups. 
She has a light ring about each eye and a light patch of peculiar shape on her throat 
which contrasts strikingly with her brown fur. She is evidently treated by the others 
as a pup. A holostiak catches her by the back as she attempts to climb on the rock 
and pulls her down into the water. A pebble dropped over the seal while swimming 
along under the water causes it to dart away instantly, like a fish. It then comes to 
the surface almost immediately, standing up in the water and looking curiously at the 
spot where the stone fell. It is evident that the seal's sense of hearing in the water 
is acute. 

Many of the pups are diving for seaweed and playing with it. None are seen 
to eat. Mr. Macoun says that he does not now think that the pups eat seaweed, 
but he thinks that they eat the small crustaceans and tunicates which abound on 
the rocks. He noticed in the water close to the sporting pups 3 small blenuoids ( ?) 
and numerous amphipods. A number of pups will be killed to settle this question of 

The grace and dexterity displayed by the pups while swimming does not harmonize 
with statements of certain writers that they are the "pudgy," "clumsy," and " helpless" 
portion of the seal herd on the migrations, a prey of the enemies in the sea. With 
the practice which two months of swimming will give, the pups will be able to 
care for themselves. If they lack in any respect it will only be in endurance. They 
go through all the motions of the older seals and spend most of the time in the water. 
They are evidently in training for the coming long swim. 

1 See observations in the latter part of September, showing that whether the testes show or not 
depends upon the position in which the animal lies, the organs being under its control. 


Mr. Lucas says: "Although I have seen many cows come out of the water 10 nurse 
their pups, I have never yet seen one in the water going out to sea or coming back. 
They are so erratic and indirect in their actions that I do not believe they ever go to 
or return from their feeding grounds direct. They stop by the way to play. No 
animals I have ever seen seem to enjoy the water so much as these." 

When we went back up the slope the cows had closed in with their pups behind 
and some of them went literally head over heels in their efforts to get away. 

One young bull, 4 years old, is playing old bull and dashing about after the cows, 
but does not keep them ; tries first one then another. They pay little attention to him. 



As the morning was clear and the sea fairly smooth, Judge Crowley and I with a 
boat's crew went to Otter Island, between 7 and 8 miles from St. Paul to the south, 
arriving at 10 o'clock. 


The landing on the island is difficult, being possible only in one spot on the north 
side. There is a small house going to ruin, formerly used by the guard stationed here 
to keep off raiders. Otter Island used to be a favorite spot for raids. The schooners 
could lie hidden on the southern side, sending their boats around to the landing in 
the fog. A schooner is said to have taken 1,500 skins here in one night. After the 
establishment of the 60-mile limit the guard was discontinued. The guard endeavored 
to drive the seals off and prevent their landing. 

The central portion of the island is a level grassy plain sloping toward the north 
side. The south side is a rocky cliff' sheer 50 or CO feet, and at both ends of the island 
the ground rises in steep slopes which break off abruptly to the water below. The 
western end is the higher, recorded at 350 feet, and represents half a cinder cone. At 
the eastern end is a volcanic crater. 

The surface of the central portion is like that of St. George, bowlders covered 
with moss, rendering walking difficult. 

On the northern side there is a slight depression containing a small quantity of 
rain water. At the eastern end is a great cave into which the water flows, and which 
swarms with sea birds. As the surf is breaking at the mouth of the cave exploration 
of it is not possible. 


The island is marked in every direction by fox runways, some of them freshly 
used and with numerous eggshells lying along them. Only 2 foxes were seen, one 
white and the other blue. About the hole occupied by the white fox 12 puffins were 
counted ; only the brains eaten out. 

On the southern side of the island is a great semicircular gallery filled with 
screaming sea birds, and 2 or 3 outlying rocks are literally alive with gulls and arris. 

It seems that the foxes on Otter Island do not do very well. Food becomes 
scarce, and they take to the ice in the winter and either get to the other islands or 
are lost at sea. Last year only 8 were found all old fellows. They looked gaunt 


and hungry, as though they had eaten up all the young ones and were pressed with 
hunger themselves. As the men spent a week in catching them, it may be suggested 
that the scarcity of foxes might be due to the fact that all were caught, or nearly all. 


The hauling ground on the island is on the northern slope. It is of considerable 
extent and in early days a large number of bachelor seals frequented it. The efforts 
of the guard to break up the hauling ground by driving off the seals seem not to 
have produced the desired effect. The extensive yellow grass is here as conspicuous 
as on any of the hauling grounds of the other islands. 

We found 219 seals, more or less some of them got into the water before it was 
possible to count them. They were for the most part on the rocky reef that runs out 
toward St. Paul, a reef resembling the one at Polovina. Only 64 seals were hauled 
out on the grass above the bank. The hauling ground, as marked by the seal grass, 
is of considerable extent, though 2,000 to 5,000 seals could have denuded the whole 
territory, judging from the effect produced by the present small band. 

Among the seals on the reef of rocks there were 1 tine-looking bull and 5 good- 
sized and healthy pups. The mothers were, of course, not distinguishable from the 
bachelors and escaped with them, leaving the pups behind. It is the first time in the 
memory of anyone on St. Paul that breeding seals have been found on Otter Island. 

It will be interesting next year to see whether this harem is again to be found, 
and whether any additions looking toward the establishment of a rookery are made. 

The question arises, with the 60-mile limit in force, why the seals should not be 
allowed to haul or even to have a rookery on this island. The reason assigned is that 
it is difficult to handle the seals there; but it would be no more difficult for a crew of 
men to go over to the island in boats and kill the seals there than to go to Zapadiii. 
The skins are now brought by boat from Zapadni. 


Observed a number of old males on Zoltoi for testes. In the larger old ones they 
show very plainly; in the young ones not so plainly. With the young bulls it seems 
largely a question of the position of the body; sometimes they show, sometimes they 
do not. 

Old bulls are scattered about everywhere on the bluffs, on the sands, by the 
landing, under the bluffs at this end of the Gorbatch, and in the little cove on the 
west side of Zoltoi. 

The smaller bachelors have almost disappeared from among the bulls, which sleep 
in the sun and enjoy life, their favorite position being prone on the stomach, spread 
out as flat as possible. 

The pups are beginning to straggle from the rookeries. Two are found under the 
bluffs a quarter of a mile from the Keef. Two more a little nearer; one runs up the 
rocks to escape; I find that he can run over the bowlders about as fast as I can. 


At 4.30 I visit the slide. Seven wet cows are at top of gully; other cows are 
coming up; some call and the pups go to them. One cow starts across in the 


direction of the Reef; 11 pups and two 2-year-olds join the party and all hurry along, 
the pups leading. Five more pups and a cow also start. Two pups have died since 
Sunday; two more weak ones are seen. A large number of small ones are in the slide; 
one is not over a week old. 



Mr. Lucas and 1 went this afternoon to Lukanin and Kitovi rookeries. 

The most striking thing about the rookeries to-day is the general air of restlessness 
among all classes of seals except a few sleepy old bulls. One can not show himself 
for an instant without starting the seals. Probably the clearness of the day has 
something to do with it. The bulls in the back part of the rookeries are all young 
fellows, 5 or 6 year olds. Along the water front are a number of good-sized bulls, 
with here and there a young one. 


On Lukanin the central space along the beach is entirely deserted. The cows and 
pups are either in the water and within a few feet of it or else far back in the slides 
and among the bowlders, where the idle bulls, now gone, held sway a week or more 
ago. The bachelors and cows mingle together on the edge of the hauling grounds. 

From the appearance of Lukanin to-day one must believe that after all there is 
something in the " spreading" of the rookeries, but the real spreading occurs after all 
the old cows have arrived, had their pups, and been served. The harems, in so far as 
they can be called such, are composed of virgins, and may be located anywhere. 
These are very conspicuous about the rookeries. It does not seem at all necessary 
to suppose that any of them are impregnated in the water. 

Among the bachelors on the slope of Lukanin cows may be seen nursing their 
pups, and pups are wandering everywhere. In the water they seem to have no limit 
to their range to-day. They can be seen more than halfway up the length of Lukanin 

Several wet cows are seen to come in and find their pups, apparently going 
directly to them. Three cows have come in and have been wandering about for half 
an hour without finding pups. This is not strange, for their pups may be swimming 
across the bight and halfway up to Stony Point. 

One wet pup is seen coming up as if from the angle of the hauling ground. 
Looks as if it was taking a short cut home. Is 200 yards or more away, but coming 
straight for the angle of the foot of the cliff, following along the rear of the rookery. 
Stops and apparently picks up a pebble, swallowing it. Then it takes another and 
another. It throws back its head while swallowing. It resumes its way directly to 
the foot of the cliff. Calls about as if hunting for his mother. Goes up to a number 
of cows. Wanders off among the bachelors. Comes back; climbs up on a stone. 
Goes down to the water. Finds two other pups with whom he seems to be acquainted 
and stops to play with them. Does not leave the place within ten minutes, when we 

From the top of Lukanin Hill we look down on a lot of young bulls with virgin 
cows. Around are cows nursing their pups, and bachelors of all ages. On a stone 


just below us are 2 young bachelors. They must be 4-year olds. But they show the 
testes distinctly. They should have been killed this year; they will have wigs started 
by next season. 

I agree with Mr. Lucas, on looking at these bachelors, that it is necessary to readjust 
our ideas of 4-year-olds. What we have called 4-year-olds are probably 5-year-olds. 


As we come to the end of Kitovi we find that the pups are playing in large 
numbers in the kelp bed of the little bight. On the rocky reef that juts out here 
there are hundreds of them, and the water about is full. They can also be seen on 
the rocks and under the black bluffs above East Landing. Below this there are still 
pups. Going down to the beach we find them swimming in both directions in little 
bands of from 2 to 25. They stop at our feet and dive for kelp, bring it up in their 
mouths, snatching it from one another. One is seen to come up with a dead shell. 
You can hear his teeth rattle on it. He drops it three times and dives, recovering it 
each time. 

Following down along the beach past East Landing, pups are seen at every point 
swimming both toward Kitovi and toward the Reef. A dozen or more, with some 
bachelors, are on the rock in the water off the village killing grounds. Bachelors, 
probably yearlings, are swimming in numbers with the pups. Do they set the 
example, which the pups follow, in going so far away? 

Two of the pups are upon the rocks near East Landing, shaking themselves and 
playing in the sun. They take to the water and swim off. 

At the ledge of lava rocks where the sand dunes begin are 250 or 300 bulls 
hauled out. Five pups are out with them. On approaching, tho pups and a number 
of the bulls begin dropping from the ledge into the water. One half bull comes up 
to the edge and looks down. He turns deliberately around and backs off, holding 
himself by his front flipper and chin and feeling for bottom with his hind flippers. 
They do not reach, but after hesitating a while he lets go and drops to the bottom, 
tumbling over backward. 

Following down along the cliffs to the north end of the reef, every few rods in 
the water are little bauds of pups swimming in both directions. There is evidently a 
line of connection made between the Reef and Kitovi. Perhaps a visit along the 
beach above Lukanin would show that the pups of this rookery and Polovina are also 

Crossing over to Gorbatch, pups are seen in the surf off Zoltoi sands and along 
toward Spilki and all along to the Lagoon. Mr. Redpath says that pups from Lagoon 
rookery have been out 011 the rocks at Warehouse Landing to-day. 

Judge Crowley and Mr. Macoun report killing a pup which was just coming out 
of the water. The animal was selected with a view to showing whether or not the 
pups seen in the water are feeding. The pup's stomach contained upwards of a quart 
of rich milk and a few pebbles, nothing else. 


In the morning a bull seal was killed for a skeleton. To get him the lot on the 
slope of Zoltoi were driven up to the village killing ground. One showing age was 


wanted. The drive contained about oO old bulls, 50 half bulls, and 100 bachelors. It 
was an astonishing sight to see all these huge brutes driven by two or three men 
when any one of the bulls could easily have driven oft' the drivers. 

One bull that dragged his flippers killed j showed no apparent injury. Another 
bull was seen to do the same thing on the other side of Zoltoi. 

In the afternoon I went to Lukanin. The rookery looked deserted, seals being 
down in the water or well up the slope. 

Wet cows were coming all the time and yet we can see more out at sea. We can 
not see any in the water that show evidence .of going out to sea, yet they are constantly 
slipping in and coming up the slope to find their pups. Cows simply emerge from or 
are lost in the line of sporting seals. 

There is no directness about the beasts; the only thing they can do without 
stopping is to run away when frightened. A pup roams about and swallows several 
pebbles. Why do they swallow them ? 

After supper 1 go out with Mr. Clark to the end of Gorbatch and stay till dark. 
Rookery life goes on at night as in the day. The seals are still sporting in the water 
and those on land are talking to one another. There are 3 new bulls at the Slide. 
They are playing at running harems, quarreling with one another, and trying to talk 
to the cows. 

The question of testes is still a puzzle. This afternoon we saw two 3-year-old 
bachelors in which they had entered the scrotum and showed plainly, while the two 
very old bulls killed in the morning have no show of testes at all, i. e., in scrotum. 1 


Mr. Lucas, Mr. Macoun, and Judge Crowley went this morning to Northeast Point 


The seals are now up to the top of Hutchinson Hill, and some 6-year old bulls 
are on duty almost at the summit. Although this rookery has dwindled sadly, yet 
the view from the hill is still wonderful in its abundance of seals. The gregariousness 
of the seals is well shown by the fact that, although there is almost unlimited space at 
the foot of Hutchinson Hill, some areas are thickly packed with seals, while between 
these areas are great stretches of unoccupied ground. 

There are 2 beautiful dark-gray females near the top of the hill no white patch 
under throat. The variation of the seal in size and color is remarkable. Given 2 
specimens and it would be easy to make 2 species on both external and cranial 
characters. Some bulls are almost uniform light gray, others a dark velvety brown 
with yellowish manes. 

Some burgomaster gulls are prospecting among the seal and one tears and eats a 
dead pup. But I still doubt if they ever kill pups. 

The chances of a female coining in heat and escaping uuimpregnated are very 
small. Between the old bulls in the harems and the young bulls after the harems 
have broken up, as at this date, every female has good chance of being served. 

Walking down the various rookeries south of Hutchinson Hill is now a curious 
experience. Everything is so quiet, where in July all was uproar bulls quarreling 

1 See later notes under date of October 11 and 17. 


fiercely, cows teasing and stamped ing, with idle bulls roaring on the sides and at the 
rear of the harems. It really seems like Sunday in a big city. 

I note a patch of excrement on the sand, and from its appearance infer that this 
oily, dark excrement plays an important part in the black slime so characteristic of 
old deserted hauling grounds. 

Mr. Macouu has a huge male sea lion shot. He bleeds quarts of blood and the 
water is stained far around. The pup seals swim in it with indifference and the other 
seals do not seem affected. They are naturally alarmed by the two shots, but not 
very badly. All seals are now very timid and restless. The bulls and bachelors 
wander for long distances. 

The day is warm and sunny and the seals enjoy it very much, sprawling around 
asleep or now and then "fanning" with their hand flippers. Do so many fan because 
they need to or simply because they are imitative? 


I walked out over the drives and hauling grounds of Tolstoi, Middle Hill, and 
English Bay. There are no dead bodies on the drives. Bones were scattered over 
some of the ground, but these were probably brought up by the foxes, as similar 
scattering bones are to be seen on all parts of the island. 

It is a superb day. The sea is as smooth as glass. Probably between 800 and 
1,000 old and half bulls, with a sprinkling of bachelors, are hauled out on the sands 
of English Bay, extending from the little angle of the hauling ground, just below the 
reef of Zapadni, to the very angle of the flat sandy area at the north end of Tolstoi. 
I have never seen the whole beach covered before. 

About 200 small bachelors are on English Bay hauling ground. This, like 
Lukanin, seems to be a favorite place for the yearlings and 2-year olds. Three pups 
are among them. Many bachelors are playing in the immense bed of kelp washed up 
here. It has been rooted over much as if pigs had been in it. One might easily 
credit the pups and bachelors with having done the rooting if it were not for a flock 
of gulls which are hovering about. 


A few hundred yards down the sands of English Bay lies the blind gr*y bull 
which we saw on Upper Zapadni several weeks ago. He is blind in both eyes. They 
are completely gone and the lids shrunken in. It is not a case of "moon-eyed" 
blindness. The injury is not of recent date. The bull is in good physical condition. 
I approach very near to him on the windward side. liaises his head, but shows no 
fear or alarm. He simply knows that some object is near him. It seems to me that 
this is the final test of the powers of scent possessed by the fur seal. If this animal 
had eyes he would go into hysterics. As it is, he does not distinguish between a man 
and a seal. After passing him he shuffles off leisurely to the water. He holds his 
head down in the water for a long time, keeping his back out. Afterwards he rolls 
over and strikes out much as other seals do. Mr. Kedpath says he will not die; that 
he will come back in the spring fat and healthy. He says the seals go by instinct 
and sense anyhow, not by sight, and he will get along all right. Will he? 


Only a few holostiaki are to be seen on Middle Hill hauling ground. These 
animals are largely in the water. An occasional pup is seen swimming along in the 
surf of English Bay. Evidently not so frequent interchange occurs here as between 
Kitovi and Eeef rookeries. 


The sandy flat of Tolstoi is deserted except for stragglers crossing it to and from 
the water. The rocky bowlders on the beach are black with pups, as is the water for 
some distance out. A few pups are under the edge of the cliff. Many are on the 
bowlders above. The number of dead pups has noticeably increased on the sandy 
flat, and there is a large number of starving pups. No other place apparently shows 
so many. Now that the sand flat is deserted, one can appreciate what a graveyard 
it is. 

Not many of the oldest carcasses will be lost in the final count. A few bodies 
will be washed away by the higher surf of the approaching winter storms, but most 
of these it may be possible to catch on the sand beaches. It will, however, be 
absolutely necessary to count all bodies and deduct the earlier dead. 

Bulls that drag their hind flippers must do it for convenience or amusement, as 
the small boy limps. Two bulls have dragged themselves across the sandy tract in 
this way and as soon as they came to the bowlders of the beach they straightened up 
in as good form as you could ask. A bull was seen to push himself down into the 
surf of English Bay on his throat and breast, not using his fore flippers. It was a 
peculiar performance. There was no way to determine whether anything was the 
matter with the animal or not. In the water he acted about as other seals would act- 
Many yearlings are in the water playing with the pups. One extremely small 
one (probably a female) is seen. She is smaller than the 2 pups with which she is 
playing a trifle slimmer and no longer. She has the proper color of the yearling, 

Many fine bulls, in good condition, are still along the water front guarding young- 
cows. Several are at the back of the sandy tract. It is strange if these cows 
are not yet to be fertilized. The bulls are quite as attentive as at the height of the 
season, and they are not young ones, either. 

Passing through the harems on the rocky slope the seals show little fear and no 
tendency to stampede; they simply move out of the way. 

One genuine case of copulation is seen. The bull is a young one and has a harem 
of three or four small cows. The cow is a 2-year-old. He is apparently entirely 

Another "prehistoric" burying ground lies at the back of Tolstoi, very much like 
the one above Zoltoi. Many bones scattered about. They can not be carcasses from 
drives. They are probably dead bulls that have hauled out there to die. A number 
of bulls on English Bay this afternoon are seen lying in out-of-the-way places sleeping. 
That they in some cases crawl away to die is evidenced by the fact that there are now 
2 dead ones of this year. The sand has drifted over them, but the gulls are unearthing 
them. In a similar position are the bones of other animals in the spaces around the 
sand dunes where the wind has swept away the loose sand and laid them bare. 



Gorbatch and the Beef were visited. 


The real "spreading" of the rookeries comes not at the close of the season but 
later, and is very different from the phenomenon of rookery expansion. More 
than two-thirds of the cinder slope on Gorbatch is to-day covered with seals. The 
space formerly occupied by the harems is entirely bare. These seal harems have 
moved back within a day or two. Many of the pups and cows are in the water, but 
more of them have moved back far up on the slope. They have even overflowed on 
the flat above pups, cows, bulls, and holostiaki mingled indiscriminately. 

The hauling ground at the back of the Reef rookery is now vacant in the middle 
portion. One can walk down to the large rock pile at the head of the main runway. 
The bachelors still congregate in the extreme ends of the hauling ground. 

From the rock pile a splendid view of the rookery is available. The appearance 
of things has changed in the past few days. The three great wedge-shaped patches 
which were the distinguishing feature of this rookery have now lost their form. The 
whole body of seals has moved back from the beach. The runways for bachelors are 
bridged over, and a continuous line of cows, pups, and half bulls extend right through 
from end to end. At no place is there an opening; at the two points where the great 
masses existed in July the line is much wider. 

This line of seals has now Towusend's crosses in its middle, and in two cases the 
line is entirely above the crosses. For the most part the original rookery territory is 
bare. Some cows are nursing their pups among the bachelors on the hauling ground. 
The line of harems extends to the limit of the hauling, and the place where the virgin 
cows were shot is now covered with cows and pups. 


Just outside of the line of cows are a number of well-defined harems. The largest 
of these contains 23 cows and is in charge of a fine large bull. One or two pups are 
visible, but the majority of the cows are young. The bull lies stretched out on the 
ground surrounded by his cows. One would take it to be a well-regulated harem in 
the height of the season. 

. At a short distance on either side of this harem are 2 others and beyond them 2 
more. These 5 harems are well denned and all in charge of good sized bulls. The 
other harems number 12, 14, 20, and 20 cows, respectively. In the harem of 12 cows 
is one pup nursing. The harem of 14 cows seems to contain a single pup. One of the 
harems with 20 has 5 pups, the other 10. These harems are a short distance back of 
the line of pups and cows. About these and all along are the usual harems of 1 or 2 
virgins with a young bull. 

A young bull enters the largest of the harems and is promptly fired out by the 
master. No copulation is seen, though the bulls are very attentive. It must be, 
however, that many of these cows will yet be served. 

The water along the Reef is full of swimming pups and holostiaki. The front of 
the rookery is bare and one could walk from end to end where the seals were massed 
in the breeding season without disturbing any seals. 


Few, if auy, dead pups are to be seen; none that seem fresh; few starving pups; 
all seem strong. The distance, however, is too great to make fine distinctions. 

At the supper table this evening the conversation turned on the effect of thunder 
on seals. Mr. Redpath spoke of the time when a heavy thunderstorm occurred at 
night on St. George Island. He said that the next morning the seals were found 
scattered all over inland in out of way places and on all the beaches. It took them 
several days to get back to normal conditions. They had evidently been very greatly 

He also told of some volcanic disturbance which turned the water about the island 
grayish white, as though mixed with ashes. The air was full of sulphur fumes, the 
white paint on the houses turned black, and the brass fixtures on the launch were 


A moderate southeast gale is on with a little rain. There is a great surf running, 
but the largest seals play in the heaviest breakers and the pups go in pretty large 
rollers. The seals are less timid than usual of late; possibly the weather has some- 
thing to do with it. As elsewhere on the Reef, the seals are well back from the water, 
and many young bulls paying attention to the cows. It seems as if 5 regular harems 
had been established at intervals among the seals, presided over by well-grown bulls. 
These were noticed for the first time last night by Mr. Clark. 

There is more or less mixing of seals of all classes and the bachelors wander about 
at will. A pup wanders into a little group of bachelors and they start to teasing him. 
When the pup moves off", a bachelor pursues. The pup turns and faces him and snaps 
vigorously. The whole proceeding reminds one of several big boys tormenting a little 
one and preventing him from going home. A holostiak seizes the pup by the neck, 
just as the bulls have been seen to seize the cows, and runs off with him. Another 
bachelor seizes the pup by back and the first one lets go only to grasp pup again by 
nose. They try to pull the pup to pieces and finally drop him. The pup seems 
uninjured and starts to back off, afraid to turn tail. After a little backing the pup 
escapes among the cows and pups, principally owing to lack of continuity of purpose 
on part of the pursuing bachelors. 



The day is a fine warm one, sunny in the afternoon. After dinner I went to Zoltoi 
with Mr. Redpath, and afterwards to the Reef. There are more seals on Zoltoi than 
at any time since July, and the majority are old bulls. On the sands to the north of 
Zoltoi are at least 200; in the little cove below at least 150, assorted sizes; on Zoltoi 
bluffs about 400; and another 100 down by the water. A most remarkable display of 


Mr. Redpath points out seals of different ages, and I see that my tendency has 
been to underestimate the age of the smaller bulls. It is evident that the majority of 


rookery bulls in the height of season are 8 years and upward. After eight or ten 
years it is difficult or impossible to tell anything about the age of bulls. Mr. Redpath 
thinks they live at least twenty years, and I should be inclined to say from twenty to 

The bulls enjoy sleeping in the sun with hind flippers extending directly 
backward. This is a favorite attitude, and there is no indication of impoteucy or 
paralysis about it. Another favorite attitude for a good sleep is with flippers tucked 
up, fore flippers pointing backward, hind flippers pointing forward. 

The little cove across from Zoltoi affords a fine opportunity to study variations in 
size and color. Bulls vary from light gray to dark brown. A gray bull starts for the 
water dragging his hind flippers, but a little later shows that he is playing off. The 
two killed some days ago were, however, not playing off, for one painfully dragged 
himself clear across Zoltoi. And yet when killed there was no apparent injury to 
account for the action. 

A few years ago the steep slope of the little " cove " was dug away in order that 
seals might haul onto Zoltoi from the east. It has now been worn too steep, but a 
little labor would soon put it in shape so that seals could easily reach Zoltoi Bluffs 
from the east. At present they are limited to the little sand beach. 


Going down by way of the Reef to Slide, I find there are now 7 dead pups in the 
gully. Three have been added since Friday, including one noted as sick. Even the 
recently dead pups look as if long dead, while two of them are flat and trampled. Two 
more are starving and are not long for this world. A wet cow sits on a stone and 
calls. Her pup comes, but can not possibly climb the stone, and says so. After about 
twenty minutes the cow gets down and meanders about a little. The pup follows 
eagerly and says he wishes to nurse. The cow lies down for about two minutes and 
then goes back to the stone, followed by the pup. The cow calls, but the pup can not 
climb the stone and finally lies down by it. I have watched them for three-fourths 
of an hour. 

It is wonderful how the seals have spread about and how many there are on the 
gravel slope of Gorbatch. The heavy gale of yesterday has sent them ashore, as did 
the former gale. 


The harems noted the past two days have been swallowed up in the backward 
movement of the seals, which seems to continue. Cows and pups are spread all over 
the width of the hauling ground. Another day's backward movement and they will 
be up on the parade grounds. It was necessary to chase a hundred or more seals from 
the edge of the rocky observation cliff. At the south of the cliff, where not more than 
a dozen cows and only 3 pups were seen on Saturday, are now 40 pups and almost as 
many cows, besides numerous holostiaki. 

Among the bachelors, where two lone cows were nursing their pups on Friday, 
are 32 cows and 84 pups. At the edge of the group, and apparently in charge of 3 
or 4 cows, is a young bull. 

The gale of yesterday afternoon and evening has apparently driven many seals 
in. More are on the grounds to-day and they are scattered more widely. 


A young bull at the foot of the clitt' is teasing a pup, as observed yesterday. He 
acts to-day much the same, but a bull comes after him ami spoils his fun. 

The Beef was searched with a glass for freshly dead pups, or starving ones. 
None seen. All bulls that could be observed showed testes. 

It is evident that this backward movement does not mean that the cows and pups 
have abandoned the water. Wet cows and pups are to be seen among the very 
farthest out, and they are coming and going all the time. 

Two little foxes which have begun to be very attentive to travelers over the 
parade ground have followed me down to the rock pile. One lies on a stone on one 
side, the other on the other, watching every movement I make. The seals do not 
mind them. 

The day is very bright and sunny. The seals are sprawling out on the ground, 
showing the effect of the heat. 


I stroll over toward Kitovi, but come upon the crippled seal seen during our first 
week here and turn back so as not to disturb him. The pups are having much sport 
by the " Bound Tower" at the head of Black Bluffs. They bathe in the natural bath 
tubs in the rock and poke their heads in to seek for the bits of kelp with which they 
play. Around the corner the large band have a glorious time in the washed-up kelp, 
pulling up long pieces and shaking them vigorously; but I don't see them swallow 
any. Like children, they enjoy crawling in nooks and crannies, and to climb up high 
on the rocks. Here and there a yearling or 2-year-old plays with the pups or looks on 
much as a big girl plays with dolls long after her companions have put them aside. 
They " play bull " and bite and growl, and one in the water twists and turns and cuts 
up generally. 

At another place a bull comes out of the water and gets within 25 feet of me. 
He seems suspicious and finally goes slowly off, although he does not show that he 
actually sees me. 

The seals are very thick about Kitovi, having come in here, as elsewhere, on 
account of the high seas. 

There are many starved and starving pups on Tolstoi. Those recently dead from 
starvation can, for the most part, be readily distinguished from those which died in 
the earlier part of the season. They are flatter, not swollen, and the heads seem larger. 
The large size of the head is especially characteristic of the starving pup, even when 
far from dead. The sands at Tolstoi are now practically bare. The females pass close 
to me in going to and from the water, but while I "shoo" them off' I make no sudden 
movements and they do not take fright. They approach within 30 feet of me. There 
is a line of sleeping bulls from Zapadni Beef two-thirds of the way to Tolstoi, and a 
line of them up the base of Middle Hill. The bones of many pups lie in the sand to 
the east of Tolstoi Bookery. 


Mr. Bedpath says that the seals have apparently never hauled out on certain 
beaches which seem to be quite as well adapted for rookery purposes as those now 
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occupied, as lie supposes, because they go to the places in which they were born. 
Instead of seeking more room in other and new quarters they simply mass in the 
same areas year after year. 

Kegarding the disappearance of Spilki, he said that he did not know what had 
been the cause, but the desertion was a gradual one. The cows ceased h'rst to come. 
The bulls hauled out on the rocks and waited for a time, but, no cows coming, they 
went away. 

In the matter of preference between the islands, he said he thought the seals 
came simply to the island where they were born. He said, however, that the 
seals always hauled out on St. Paul first, although the ice and snow left St. George 
first. They came right by St. George on their way up. It was possible to always get 
a food drive on St. Paul before one could be got on St. George. Mr. lledpath did not 
believe that the seals interchanged between the islands. 


The afternoon was spent with three carpenters in rigging up a chute for 
experiments in culling seals. There are two ways in which the drives might be 
improved and redriving stopped. One is by culling the seals near the hauling ground 
and driving only those to be killed. The other is to herd up the rejected seals in the 
Lagoon and in certain lakes until the killing season is over, not allowing them 
to return to the hauling grounds. 


The line of pups and cows below the observation rock on the Reef has thinned 
out since Sunday. Many of the cows are in the water. Three of the five harems 
are again well defined. The surrounding cows and pups have fallen away. One harem 
has 18 cows and 2 pups; another has 12 cows and 3 pups; another has 6 cows and 
1 pup. 

On the sandy flat just above the second pond there are 2 distinctly marked 
harems which were not there on Sunday. The cows are all lying out at full length; 
the bull is lying in their midst. The morning is bright and sunshiny and every animal 
on the rookery is stretched out and fanning. 

A young bachelor at the foot of the rocky cliff on which I am sitting is worrying 
a pup. He looks like the same one seen on two previous occasions. He takes the 
pup up by the back of the neck and shakes it as a dog would a rat. The pup bites 
him when released and then runs until the bachelor overhauls him again. Pup 
escapes among the sleeping cows and they wake and drive off the bachelor. 

cows AND PUPS. 

A wet cow has come up to the foot of the cliff. A pup with a peculiar voice is 
following her. She pays no attention to it for several minutes while it stands over a 
stone and calls to her. The wet bachelor comes up to the pup and smells of it. The 
cow immediately attacks the bachelor, driving him off. The mother then recognizes 
the pup and lets it nurse. 

Wet cows and pups are seen in the outermost edge of the rookery. Two wet cows, 
each with a wet pup, are lying on the rocks below me. Looking about I see a very 
wet pup sucking a perfectly dry cow. She looks as though she had not been in the 


water for a week. Evidently this pup must have couie up from the water and found 
its mother. 

A big cow is calling loudly for her pup. She is wet and has evidently come direct 
through from the sea. No pup appears and she bites a sleeping cow as though just 
for meanness. She goes about for a short time calling^ then starts off in a straight 
line for a distant part of the rookery and lies down among a number of sleeping cows. 
Did she coine to this point because she found her pup here last time; and not finding 
it, did she go back to her original harem ? 

I see a little starving pup below me. He is moving about and calling out and 
nosing about the breasts of sleeping cows. He has tried 3 and been driven off with a 
growl and snap from the waking cow. He wanders some distance. Comes up to a 
sleeping cow whose pup is either nursing or asleep with his nose at the nipple. The 
starveling takes hold and evidently nurses for some seconds. But the cow, as before, 
wakes and snaps at him with unwonted vigor. Her own pup has been asleep. 
Evidently she had been misled by the fact of his having recently been sucking. The 
starveling gives up and lies down. 


A wet cow is near by who has just recognized her pup. The little fellow is 
beginning to nurse. It is now 10.55. At 11 o'clock another pup and cow are seen to 
recognize each other. At 11.10 tbe pup which began nursing at 10.55 has stopped 
and is sitting beside its mother. The other little fellow also stops. He calls over his 
sleeping mother's head. She does not open her eyes, but at once moves her body in 
such a way as to give him a chance at the nipples on the under side. He resumes 
his dinner. At 11.15 he quits and lies down to sleep by his mother. The other pup 
has gone to sleep, not resuming his meal. These are probably not representative 
cases, however, as there are three pups near by which were nursing when these began 
and are still at it. At 11.20 the pup that began at 11 o'clock is nursing again on the 
other side. At 11.30 the pup which began at 10.55 has resumed nursing. The other 
is still at it. At 11.35, when I leave, the latter is sleeping again while the former 
continues his nursing. These two pups have each nursed about half an hour, but 
they are likely to resume and continue indefinitely. 

A little pup is in a hard way because his mother is lying between a rock and a 
sleeping cow, so that he has no room. He is standing with fore nippers on her and 
hind flippers on the rock, calling to her. She has her head up and is scolding the cow 
beside her as if trying to get her out of the way. They are both too lazy to move and 
the pup has to go off. 

A pup dripping wet is hunting about among the cows for his mother. Evidently 
both parties hunt. It must depend upon the individual. If the mother comes in from 
an absence she may hunt for the pup. If the pup is hungry he will do the hunting. 


In the afternoon Nickoli Krukof helped me complete the chute. Nickoli asked 
what it was for and was told that it was for separating the seals near the hauling 
ground to save driving. I said to save. He wanted to know what was the matter 
with driving them. He was told that some people claimed that driving and redriviug 


the seals injured them so that they did not breed well. He laughed and said, " Men 
have to work hard, too, sometimes." 

When asked if it would not be better to kill the seals near the hauling grounds 
for example, those from Tolstoi on the flat just back of the hauling ground and those 
from the lleef on the parade ground he said the smell would drive the seals away. 
When asked why the seals from the Lagoon did not go away when the killing ground 
was just across the narrow channel or why the bulls did not abandon their favorite 
place on Zoltoi Sands within a few yards of the present village killing ground, he said 
they were only females and bulls and they did not care, but with holostiaki it was 
different. They were timid and would take to the water if the smell troubled them. 

He then said what was the use of disturbing the seals all summer, as we were 
doing. He was told that the pelagic sealers would get all the seals anyhow unless 
something was done to stop them and that it was necessary to find out what could be 
done about it. 

He did not seem to understand about or take much stock in pelagic sealing. 
Shortly afterwards he said that it was the running about the rookeries that made the 
seals scarce this year. He said that all the natives think much harm has been done 
this year by so many men running about. He said that the seals smell the track of a 
man as a dog does. Wherever one has been the bachelor will not come there again. 
In his estimation the holostiaki will be more scarce and timid next year. The men will 
have to go into the water to get the killable seals and keep them from running away. 

When asked if he did not think that pelagic sealing had something to do with 
making the seals scarce he did not say anything to indicate that he understood what 
pelagic sealing meant, but talked always about the timidity of the bachelor seals and 
how they were getting more and more afraid of men. Evidently the ideas of the 
natives are purely local and of little value. The very fact that the bachelors return 
almost immediately to the hauling grounds from which they are driven is sufficient 
answer for all this. 


Two more dead pups are on the " slide," making 10 which have died since August 
15. The last 2 have died since Sunday, one of them being noted then as in a bad way. 
Two or 3 more pups are beginning to show signs of starvation, and will probably die 
within a week. Where there is so much travel back and forth as here the bodies 
rapidly take on a time-worn look. To day there are 140 living pups near the head of 
the "slide" in a space of about 40 by 120 feet. 

From the scarcity of bachelors of late it would seem that now if ever the pelagic 
sealers should be obtaining the largest proportion of male seals. 


I visited Tolstoi in the afternoon. I dissected one starved pup and took his train. 
Many starving pups lie about and the death rate from now on will be pretty large. I 
wake a starving pup and he coughs and is vicious as if fully fed. He runs away and 
in the first 50 feet falls four times. He does not open his eyes wide, nor do other 
starvelings. I think we will find many of these pups where the thick pods are now 
lying. A 2-year-old seal strays up into the road near Ice House Lake. Hurries away 
when he sees me, and two hours later is seen in the middle of the Lagoon. 


Iii the afternoon H. M. S. Pheasant came to anchor off the village and landed Dr. 
Jordan, Professor Thompson, and Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, from the Commander Islands. 
They came on the Satellite direct to Unalaska and the Pheasant brought them up to 
St. Paul. 

The Corwin arrived about the same time, bringing Colonel Murray from St. George 
Island. He has with him branding irons and reports that experiments made in 
branding at St. George proved successful. Sixty-two pups and 9 cows were branded 
on North Bookery. 


Following are Dr. Jordan's field notes on the Commander Islands: 


August 16. Sailed from Lukaniii Bay on H. M. S. Satellite, Capt. Albert Clinton 
Allen commanding, having rough weather for two days with southeast wind, then 
fairly good weather. Sighted Cape Napropusk on Bering Island August 22, and 
anchored August 23 at a. in. in Nikolski Bay and spent the day on shore looking 
about with Mr. Emil Kluge, returning to the ship at night. August 24 we sailed from 
Nikolski at G a. m. around Cape Stotchnoi, rounding the north end of Medui Island and 
reaching Preobrajenski at 9 p. m. August 25 we took Mr. Barrett- Hamilton on board. 
Sailed at 9.30 for Glinka, visiting Zapadni, Palata, and Zapalata rookeries. In the 
evening of August 25 left Glinka for Unalaska, arriving there on the afternoon of 
August 29, embarking at once in the Pheasant for St. Paul. 


To the northward this island has irregular lakes and moors surrounded by rounded 
hills, abruptly flat and table-shaped on top. These are covered with moss and Euipe- 
trum, their sides ridged with many buried bowlders. Snow lies on all the northern 

To the southward are higher hills, all rounded off, not rocky anywhere, capped 
with gray moss and topped in mist, the slopes green with moss down to high tide. 
The sea to-day is without a ripple. The hillsides look like a grassy lawn edging a pond. 

Going south along Bering Island the hills rise 800 feet or more, with rounded tops 
covered with reindeer moss and with many snow banks down to the water's edge. Rocks 
are very rare, the slopes all soft and gently rounded, ending sometimes in cliffs at the 
sea, but those showing faint valleys extending well back to the interior. There is a 
little waterfall in the valley off Poludinnoye Point. 

Mount Steller is a broad, stately peak with huge cliffs, perhaps 500 to 600 feet, at 
the seashore. From the northern view the peak is not specially impressive, being 
similar to the rest of the moss-covered, snow-strewn slopes. Along the bay farther 
south there are some green cliffs far higher than Mount Steller. 

Lisinsky Bay is rather green and smiling, with scattering snow patches flecked 
with shadows of clouds mirrored on its surface this most charming Arctic summer 
day. Cape Stotchnoi is a very high, rocky, and precipitous headland, its rocks 
apparently gray and stratified. The outline is very striking, almost knife-like. The 
first seal we seeis asleep opposite this cape. 

J LIP ' 


The south end of Bering Island is wild, forbidding, and picturesque to the last 
degree. Enormous cliffs rise a thousand or more feet high at Stotchnoi, Tolstoi, and 
other projecting points. The coast is much more wall-like than the jagged slopes of 
Medni and its peaks quite as high. 

NikolsM. The houses of Nikolski village are of various usually two colors 
each, sky blue and pea green, yellow and pink, gray and brick red, dove color and 
green, pink and pale blue. The church is creamy pink, trimmed with sky blue; the 
roof is slate green, the dome and cross yellow, with sky blue ball at base of cross. 
Many handsome white skinned Russian children are to be seen in the village. 


Severnoye or North rookery has yielded 5,350 skins to date; Poludinnoye or 
South rookery, 380 skins up to August 13. Drives are still being made on Bering 
Island ; one occurred on August 22. The bulls are all gone. 

There are a very few adult bulls on Bering Island, not enough to keep the 
holostiaki off the rookeries even in breeding season. As a result for two years females, 
males, pups, and all are driven up. The level condition of the rookeries and driveways 
makes it possible to capture practically every available young male, and the escape 
of these into wigged age takes place very rarely. Probably not more than one or two 
bachelors each season so escape. It seems probable that the young males only herd 
separately because they are forced to do so by the bulls, and they cease to do so just 
as soon as the bulls leave or because too few to keep them off. 

South rookery, on Bering Island, had only 3 bulls this season, and they went 
away early. Mr. Grebnitzi thinks this small number is enough to impregnate all the 
cows, and therefore fully enough for rookery purposes. Mr. Barrett Hamilton says 
that every adult cow on both the Bering Island rookeries has a pup. 

No such close killing is even suggested as having ever occurred on St. Paul. 
It is not evident from conditions of Bering Island that it does any harm. The sole 
important function of the bull is reproduction, and if there are enough for this nothing 
further is needed. But such close killing should not be attempted without careful 
inspection and investigation of the question of how many bulls are necessary. 

The bulls on St. Paul Island could never have been so closely killed as on 
Bering Island, where everyone above 2 years old that hauls out and many 2-year-olds 
are taken. No available seal escapes, and no especial thought is given to the bulls 
except that the few that have in past years escaped have been and are sufficient. On 
St. Paul Island, Sivtuch Rock, Otter Island, and Lagoon rookeries, which are not 
driven at all, would insure the escape of sufficient bulls if no other provision were 


We reached Preobrajenski, on Medni Island, at 9 o'clock on the evening of August 
24. It is a little wind-swept village on a grassy opening at the foot of cliffs, rising 
nearly 2,000 feet vertically like the crags of Norwegian fjords. Down the runways 
sweep the great wind storms in fitful gusts, the "willie waughs" of the sailors. 

'Obtained iu an interview with Eniil Kluge, agent of the Russian Fur Company at Nikolski, on 
Bering Island. 


On Medui Island conditions are very different from those on Bering. The 
rookeries here are so nearly inaccessible that many bulls escape, no matter how 
closely they are sought. This, with the reduction of females by pelagic sealing, gives 
a large surplus of bulls on Medui in spite of the close killing, every one that can be 
secured being taken. 

It is not necessary to put forward the theory of different feeding grounds to 
account for this, though such a theory would be necessary to explain the alleged fact 
that Medui has declined much more rapidly than Bering, as shown by Stejneger's 


Mr. Barrett-Hamilton states that 172 surplus bulls have been killed this season 
for food and leather for the natives of Medni. He has noticed a number of weak pups 
with black feces, evidently starving ones, but he thinks there are few or no starving 
pups. Many are said to be killed by the surf. It is probable that if the rookeries can 
be got at starving pups will be found here as ou St. Paul. 

The authorities deny that the pups are dying. They do not seem to have tried to 
find out, however, and Mr. Grebnitzi says that Dr. Stejneger was mistaken in his 
observations on this subject. He says that the starving pups Stejneger saw were 
weak ones trampled or drowned. In any case, the number reported by him, in 
Grebnitzi's estimation, is greatly exaggerated. 

Evidently the local directors have no interest in the truth and no knowledge of 
methods of finding out. So what they have not noticed or do not wish to notice does 
not exist. For this reason it is important that the rookeries should be closely 

Mr. Barrett-Hamilton reports finding fish bones and squid beaks on the rookeries, 
and he is doubtless right in considering them the spewiugs of seals. 


We land at the village of Glinka at 1 p. m. on August 24. Met Maj. N. S. 
Wachsmuth, the intelligent and hospitable governor of Medui. A start was at once 
made for the rookeries with Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, Professor Thompson, Dr. Jerome 
Barry, ship's surgeon, and Sidney G. Haddock, chief engineer, Mr. Marrett, the 
photographer, a marine, and several Aleuts. Capt. Albert C. Allen and Major 
Wachsmuth accompanied us to the top of the hill. 

We follow the Zapadni drive in reverse direction toward Zapadni rookery. 
We are ordered by the Aleut watchman to keep off the rookery, but a letter of 
explanation is sent by me to Major Wachsmuth, Avho gives permission- to go on and 
we visit Zapadni rookery. We walk along the beach past Sabatcha Dira to Palata; 
then climb the slide of the Palata drive to the cliffs above Zapalata, Sikatchinskaya, 
and Gavarushkaya. We then walk along the beach over the Palata drive to Glinka, 
which we reach about 6 p. m. Immediately on our arrival the Satellite sails for 

The waters of Bering Sea are full of small phosphorescent animals, to such a 
degree as to make it luminous at night. 



It had been denied that the rookeries of the Commander Islands show a corre- 
sponding mortality due to starvation. On the rookeries at Glinka, on Medni Island, 
however, I found the conditions even worse than on St. Paul. Pelagic sealing is 
continued through July on the Itussian side, and a larger percentage of the total 
number of females is destroyed. 

Zapadni rookery, of Medni Island, is a stretch of coarse shingle and rounded 
rocks on a sloping beach at the foot of very high cliffs. In the sea are large rocks, 
on which the female seals are now mostly gathered. On the shore is a small pod of 
females and a number of groups of pups. No males, young or old, appear. 

In the first little pod of 20 pups, C are evidently starving; 8 recently starved; 
dead ones lie there, and there are 4 dead ones of older date, but also emaciated. 

Zapadni rookery seems not much larger than Little Polovina, of St. Paul. On 
the rookery ground are 11 fresh-starved pups, besides 14 which seem, some of them 
at least, to have been starved, but which are now largely decomposed. 

There are many carcasses of dead seals on the beach nearly devoured, and dense 
swarms of small flesh flies abound, their maggots destroying a dead pup or dead seal 
carcass very quicky. Evidently of the very earliest pups only fragments remain. 
The air seems drier and warmer than on St. Paul, and a dead pup remains fresh only 
for a short time. Many which have not been more than a week dead have been 
reduced to skeletons and hair. 

A pod of 4C pups on shore is examined. As a whole they seem much less active 
than Pribilof pups smaller, sleepier, and more stupid. Seventeen of the number are 
evidently starving. Some look plump, but it is probable that nearly all of these 
land pups are really starving; the large and well fed ones have taken to the water. 

Other pods show similar characteristics. In a group of some 200, about 80 are 
evidently starving. This is not a count, but a rough guess. The percentage in 
general holds for all groups examined. 

In this record no effort was made to get full counts for lack of time. I have only 
noted what I saw. It is very clear that the starving pup is in fullest evidence on the 
Glinka rookeries. On these rookeries trampled pups must stand at a very minimum, 
because the rookeries are narrow and rocky, preventing massing, and bulls are few. 
There is little chance of drowning. 

One pup in the water has crawled upon a rock about 10 feet from the shore to die. 
The rising tide will drown him if he doesn't starve first. 

On the edge of the slide at Palata is a little brook which has worn a small gully, 
and which is doubtless responsible for the slide itself. In the brook were 4 dead 
starved pups, and in a pod of 150 lying near it at least 50 more are starving. 

The governor of Medni Island seemed rather sensitive on the subject of dead 
pups, as though he felt that he might be taken to task for it. He spoke of the 
trampling of bulls as the cause. I tried to throw the blame on the pelagic sealers, 
and expressed my hope that wise arrangements might put a stop to the loss. But it 
would seem that the authorities think the less said the better on the subject. 

It is probable that most of the pods of pups along the beach are made up of 
starving ones, the strong ones being in the water and on the bare outlying reef. Even 
a fairly plump one seemed dull and dwarfish, while among the others are all stages of 
emaciation. The excessively numerous beach flies make quick work of the bodies. 



Separating Palata from Zapalata is a huge wall of cliff, at the foot of which, ou 
the Zapalata side, is a number of parallel or kuife-like reefs which extend well out to 
sea, bare at low tide, and now black with seals aiid pups, the females almost as dark 
as the young. The pups find excellent places for swimming between the reefs. A 
good many are scattered about over the slide which forms the rookery, mostly asleep, 
while many are crowded on the beach below. 

On the detached north end of Palata 42 dead starved pups were noticed, with 24 
other dead ones mostly showing emaciation, but more than a week old, so that they 
can not be investigated. This rookery, like the others, is one on which very few pups 
would be trampled. 

One fresh pup, not emaciated, at the edge of the sea, has apparently drowned. 
This is the only pup seen in condition to be examined in which the death was obvi- 
ously not due to starving. 


The following autopsies were made: 

1. Zapadni. Young male pup cast up by waves. Perfectly fresh ; no trace of 
subcutaneous fat; lungs greatly congested, crepitate; no trace of water in him: heart 
normal, with some unclotted blood; liver very dark red; spleen purplish; stomach 
and intestines empty, except the lower part, which contains the dark green tarry 
matter; gall bladder nearly empty; kidneys deeply congested, the left most so; 
evidently starved, not drowned. 

2. Zapadni. Female; wholly devoid of subcutaneous fat; vent foul with black 
tarry matter; lungs deeply congested, not crepitating; intestines pale, empty, except 
for fluid brown bile; stomach empty, with mucus and bile; kidneys slightly congested, 
the left most. 

3. Sabatcha Dira. Male ; no subcutaneous fat ; lungs excessively congested, almost 
black, not crepitating at all; heart normal, with some blood; liver very black; left 
kidney much congested, the right a little; intestines with tarry bile and slime in lower 
part only. 

4. Sabatclia Dira. Male; lungs greatly congested, crepitate; no fat; liver dark; 
black matter in lower intestines as usual, the alimentary canal otherwise empty; 
kidneys congested, the right most so; heart normal, with some blood. 

These four pups exhibit the same characteristics as the starving pups on St. Paul. 
Many others in external features corresponding closely to these were seen but were 
not dissected. 


On August 25 we traversed the driveways of Zapadui and Palata rookeries. 


The drive from Zapadni goes up from the stony beach between two towers of rocks, 
climbing the gorge of a little brook which cuts into the bowlders and clay of the 
hillside, an excessively hard, rough little gully, very difficult for a man to climb, there 
being small cascades and wet clay in its course. The way is marked by road skeletons. 

After an ascent over ground of this sort for 300 or 400 feet, more or less, the drive 
goes up through steep grassy slopes, some of them of soft clay, somewhat cut into 


rough steps by men's boots. The general character of the ground is unrelieved, 
although more or less broken by cross gullies and ridges. The final ridge is 700 feet 
above the sea. 

On the Glinka side is a long slope, at first quite steep, everywhere grassy and 
rather easy, but marked with road skeletons, as it is very long. The rye grass grows 
longer below, and a little stream has deep depressions, which serve as death traps, 
as the skeletons show, when the seals fall in piles one over another. Above (ilinka 
is a steep slide of yellow clay, from which the village is said to have received its 
name. This slide must be a hard place for the seals. The seals (few in number) that 
are released because too young or too old are allowed to go down to the sea, whence 
they go back to the west side again. 


The drive from Palata is now rarely made, as the seals have become so few. They 
are killed all along the beach, and the myriads of flies about the decaying carcasses 
must be the source of great annoyance to breeding seals. 

The drive ascends from the parade ground on the top of the landslide. This was 
formerly occupied by bachelors. But there are no separate droves of bachelors now. 
They are scattered in little clumps about and between the rookeries. 

The drive then for about 100 feet ascends a grassy cliff so steep that steps have 
been dug in it to facilitate climbing. Then follows some 700 feet of irregular but 
very steep slope, in which the easiest depressions are sought, though the hill is 
everywhere about as steep as a man can climb, and one who goes up it must cling to 
the grass. Above this slope the drive reaches the back of the knife like ridge that 
separates Palata from Zapalata. This widens out into an easy level plateau for about 
20 rods, marked with road skeletons. The elevation is 850 feet by Dr. Stejueger's map. 

Then follows a steep climb up gravel and clay, with scanty grass and heather, 
worn into steps, the driveway bounded on the southwest by a slanting precipice that 
lies above Sabatcha Dira. A steep shoulder of heather and small plants is followed 
by a final climb into the clouds to the summit of the pass, 1,220 feet above the sea. 

From the summit an abrupt descent leads down a distance of 500 feet by a zigzag 
trail as steep as a horse could pass over, strewn with gravel and covered with low 
flowers, to the bed of a swift little brook. This stream flows down into a grassy basin, 
the slope becoming less and less, the rye grass and putchki growing taller. At the 
junction of this stream flowing into the little brook to the west this drive merges into 
the one from Zapadni. 

The drive from Palata is not in any place so difficult as the gully just above 
Zapadni, but it is hal f higher and twice as long a trip one could not take on horseback, 
nor would it be easy to lead a horse over it. Comparing it with conditions on St. 
Paul, the Palata Pass is as steep as the cone of Bogoslof, twice as high, and is without 
water. Compared with the severest drive on St. Paul, it would stand as the ascent of 
Mount Blanc to a walk in the park. It is a very fatiguing trip for a man. It took 
me, walking rapidly, thirty eight minutes (deducting stops) from Palata to the grassy 
level 860 feet; thence twenty-eight minutes to the top, 1,220 feet; fifteen minutes down 
the upper slope, and fifteen more to Glinka. 

And yet, notwithstanding the severity of the drives of the Commander Islands, no 
harm has resulted to the breeding herds of these islands from this cause. 



The rookeries of Medni Island look decidedly unfamiliar and the cows very much 
unlike those of St. Paul. The cows are evidently much darker in color, though the 
shades vary from pale to dark, as on St. Paul. But there is still very little of silvery 
gray, cinnamon color, or warm browns. Sooty shades, light and dark, prevail, and 
brownish or reddisli wholly wanting; they are not at all rusty. 

Compared with the St. Paul seals the head and neck of the Commander Island 
cows are smaller and slenderer, the snout sharper, the neck more crane like compared 
with the stout body. As to the bulls, not enough are left to show the difference, if 
such exists. 

There is no doubt that the Pribilof seals will prove to be a different subspecies from 
CallorMnm ursinus. 


Sabatcha Dira, meaning the Dog's Hole, is a projecting ridge of rock which has 
a small rookery; some 75 pups are on the rock, a few starving. One yearling female 
is among them, very small; not over 30 pounds. She is very dark; darker than any 
adult on the Pribilofs. 

Palata rookery, which comes next to the southwest, lies on a steep landslide, mostly 
of gray clay, with some smaller stones. Roughly speaking, it is about the size of 
Polovina rookery of St. Paul. Its location is exceedingly picturesque. It extends a 
hundred feet or more in height from the sea, making a steep slide. Dr. Stejneger 
says (p. 45) in his report for 1895 that numerous seals were buried here under the slide 
which occurred in 1849. He also notes that another slide occurred in 1893 above the 
old one. The broken sod above the rookery shows more landslides are likely to 

Along the side next the cliff is a little brook which has worn out a gully of narrow 
width, in which the seals run and in which dead pups lie. The water from this stream 
is the cause of the collapse of the side of the hill. 

About 12 males, 4 or 5 years old, were seen on Palata. These formed harems 
chiefly among 2-year-old cows, which are present in small numbers, in the back part 
of the rookery. The young cows are dusky, like the old. The bulls playing beach 
master are young themselves and seem perfectly contented. Mr. Grebuitzi thinks 
that even 3-year-old bulls can impregnate cows. 


Zapalata lies to the south of the point and near Palata. It is a most surprising 
place a crescent-shaped bight, with smooth, curved, gently-sloping beach of round, 
gray granite bowlders. It is bounded on every side except that next the sea by vertical 
cliffs about 800 feet high. These cliffs form a narrow cone between this bight and 
Palata on the north and Sikatchiuskaya on the southwest. Wall-like reefs stand up 
from the water in and about the bay, making it a good place for the pups to swim and 
hard for the boats to enter. No drive is possible, but men can scramble down some 
one of the gullies to the beach, and boats can enter in very fair weather. 

Sikatchinskaya is a smaller bight just beyond, very similar in shape and accessible 
only by boats. 


Gavarushkaya, the next bight, is still more closely walled in, accessible only from 
water and then under great difficulties. 

In these rookeries young males grow up to make good the loss from the extremely 
close killing of the accessible ones. It seems to me that the existence of these coves 
explains the comparative abundance of bulls on Medni in spite of the fact that 
everything killableis taken and the rookeries scraped closely. It would seem that no 
bands of bachelors haul out separately anywhere. 

The reefs at Zapalata are black with pups, but there are few on the beach. They 
are too far down for us to see the dead ones. 

The green water and foam of the surf make the view down on Zapalata a wonderfully 
interesting picture, the most striking one on any of the seal islands. The climb from 
Zapalata to the cliff over Sikatchinsknya is a giddy one. The narrow ridge is covered 
with slippery grass and heather, and the ascent is made on rough steps worn in the 
soil by previous travelers. 

The season for killing is now regarded as over at Medni Island, but it continues 
at Bering. Something over 6,000 are said to have been taken on Medui. 

Mr. Barrett Hamilton came in a boat to Zapalata about August 15, but found no 
dead pups there. The seals on the Medni rookeries spew up remains of a small squid, 
which is very abundant about this island. I have not seen it at St. Paul. 


A very rough estimate of the seals for the rookeries of Medni and Bering islands 
would be as follows, based upon Dr. Stejueger's report and my own inspection of certain 
rookeries : 

Medni Island : 

Palata 5,400 

Zapalata , 4,000 

Sikatchinskaya 2, 300 

Gavaruslikaya 1, 200 

Sabatcba Dira 350 

Zapadni 1, 900 

Urili, etc 2,400 

- 17, 550 

Karabelni rookeries 8, 500 

Bering Island : 

Severnoye 23, 000 

Poludiunoye 1, 250 

24, 250 

Total 50,300 

This estimate is probably over rather than under the facts. 


Dr. Jordan, Mr. Lucas, Colonel Murray, and Mr. Clark went this morning to 
Lukaniu rookery to experiment in the branding of pups. Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, 
Professor Thompson, Dr. Voss, and Treasury Agent Crowley were present. 

The work of branding was directly under charge of Colonel Murray, assisted by 
a force of natives. 



The apparatus consisted of three branding irons, a portable forge, and a pail of 
salve. The brand consisted of an iron rod about 3 feet in length, to the end of which 
was attached a flat piece of iron about 6 inches long by an inch thick and wide. This 
crosspiece was applied red-hot to the*back of the animal. A salve made of a mixture 
of lard, honey, beeswax, resin, and turpentine was provided for application to the 

The pups were driven up in pods of 50 to 100 and the females sorted from the 
males, the latter being allowed to return to the water. The pups as they were branded 
were held flat on the ground by two rneii, one holding the hind flippers and the other 
the head. The pups proved very awkward animals to handle at first, though with 
experience the natives were able to manage them singly by holding one hand on the 
head and the other on the hind flippers. 

The pups seemed not to mind the branding or to suffer any pain as a result of it, 
uttering no sound and in most cases making no effort to escape. The work of driving 
and culling proved harder than the branding itself. 

The iron was applied in four places, one just forward of the shoulders, a second 
in the middle of the back, a crossbar lengthwise of the back across these two, and 
a fourth bar on the back over the loins. The fur was first burned off the width of the 
iron and the final burning, intended to produce the scar, was made with the corner of 
the iron. 

The crossbar was put on the St. Paul pups to distinguish them from those 
branded on St. George, which received only the 3 straight bars. 

After branding, the pups were all allowed to make their way down to the water or 
back to the i*ookery. They usually lay down on the grass for some minutes unless 
urged, showing evidence of exhaustion from the handling and confinement. None 
were seen to try to inspect the burns or lick them, but some on reaching the beach, 
before going into the water, sat scratching their backs with the flipper, the irritation 
being caused probably by the salve. Attempts to hurry the pups off were unavailing, 
as they would fight stubbornly and charge at the person disturbing them instead of 
running away. 

When the pups got into the water, they swam off much as usual, except that they 
evidently made a straight line for somewhere, probably back to their places on the 
rookery, the branding being done at some distance away to avoid disturbance. 
Occasionally a pup would remain swimming about with the others in the bay. 

Two little pups spent ten minutes in getting down through the grass to the beach. 
They reached the beach at the same time, playing together. 

Unfortunately 2 pups which were in the first stages of starvation were branded. 
All other pups weak or undersized were released. It is difficult in handling pups 
stretched out as they are to distinguish the starving ones. 


It, of course, must be remembered that some of these pups are likely to die yet 
of starvation. If the mother of a pup branded to-day should within a week be killed 
at sea, her pup would undoubtedly die before October 1. It is therefore important 
that if branding is to be practiced extensively the date should be placed as late as 


possible. Pups branded in the middle of October would run no risk of dying of 
starvation. They would be stronger at that time and better able to stand the 
handling. On the other hand, the pup will then be getting his gray hair, and the hair 
burned off in branding would leave him bare all winter. Further, the weather is 
severer and the time shorter for his recovery from any temporary effects of the 
burning. If the brand is applied before the gray hair comes in, all hair merely 
burned off' would be replaced by the new coat and the scar would be < uly a small 

Two 2-year-old females were caught in one pod of pups and branded. They 
proved difficult to manage. A noose attached to a pole was placed about their heads 
and twisted tight, the pole being pointed and held into the ground. This controlled 
the animal's head. Another man held the hind flippers. The seals, however, bit the 
pole viciously and cut their mouths, making them bleed profusely. The branding of 
the older seals does not seem to be a very feasible thing, at least with present 
appliances, and the beast is an extremely hard one to manage. 


The seat of operations was moved at noon to a more convenient place above the 
cliffs at Lukauin. The greatest difficulty is experienced in driving up the pups. They 
hide under the stones and can not be got out except one by one by the flippers. When 
in the open ground they all endeavor to get into the same place at the same time, 
causing danger of smothering. When one starts all start. Apparently none have 
been injured thus far. 

When the male pups are separated from the pod they persist in coming back to it, 
and bite so savagely that they are constantly putting the natives to rout, who have 
a wholesome dread of their teeth. An improvement in handling the pups would be a 
small portable yard that could be thrown about the pod, with a stone in the middle 
about which they could crowd without crowding on one another. Then when a pup 
was taken out he could not get back. But of course if branding is to be done on a 
large scale it will be necessary to provide more elaborate apparatus. Judging from 
the difficulties in handling these few pups, one wonders what was the result when the 
5,000 pups were annually sorted out for natives' food. The very fact that these were 
so handled, however, shows that there is no insurmountable obstacle in the way. 

From the edge of Lukanin Cliff 4 of the branded pups in the earliest pods can be 
seen on the rocks, where they have come out after swimming around the point, a 
distance of about a third of a mile. One of the branded 2-year-olds is lying beside 
them. She is evidently out of sorts with herself. 

The pups branded on the top of the cliff have been driven from a runway leading 
up from the beach below. The first 4 released from branding go directly down to the 
water on the other side of the cliff. The next 2 return to the place from which they 
came and lie down in a pod of pups that could not be routed out from among the rocks. 
One little fellow goes to the point of the cliff and acts as if he would walk right over. 
He stops and turns round. Afterwards he becomes frightened and backs over the 
cliff, dropping to the hard ground below, from which he rebounds like a ball. Without 
any ado he goes oft to the water. 


In the afternoon Colonel Murray, with tlie natives, continues the branding, making 
a total of 124 for morning and afternoon. 

The Rush came to anchor oft' the village, and immediately after dinner Mr. Lucas 
and Mr. Barrett-Hamilton went on board for a cruise among the sealing schooners. 


The weather is particularly fine to day. Sky entirely clear in the early forenoon; 
afterwards slightly overcast with clouds. 


Mr. Clark went over the course of Eeef drive with a view of getting photographs 
of typical features of the drive. Five plates were taken. 1 The first view was taken 
at a point just back and up from the hauling ground of the Eeef. It is here that the 
different pods from the various points are rounded up and the drive begins. This 
view is a general one, looking in the direction of the drive across the grassy parade 
ground and over the bowlder-strewn area beyond leading up to the grassy flat among 
the sand dunes. 

Plate 2 is taken about 100 feet within the bowlder area and shows the passage- 
way of the drive to the right of the middle of the cliffs. In the background of the 
picture can be seen the hollow between the sand dunes. To the right of the 
background is a high grass-covered sand dune. 

Plate 3 is taken at the foot of this dune, looking forward to the Black Bluff, with 
Polovina Hill in the distance. It shows the length of the grassy valley along which 
the drive now takes its course. 

Plate 4 is taken at the edge of this plain where it drops down over a low cliff to 
the bowlder area above Zoltoi sands, showing the village to the left, the village killing 
ground, and the length of Zoltoi sands in front. 

Plate 5 is taken at the foot of the large sand dune back of Zoltoi sands, and 
beside which the drive takes its course. It faces Zoltoi bluff's and shows bull seals 
hauled out among the rocks. It looks back over the drive to the grassy plain above, 
and is the reverse view of plate 4. 

Plate 6 is taken from the little grassy knoll at the farther end of the sands and 
where the drive rises to the level grassy killing ground by East Lauding. The 
photograph looks back over the drive, with Zoltoi sands in the foreground, and showing 
the bowlder slope of Zoltoi bluffs, a nearer view of which was contained in the 
background of photograph 6. 

Plate 7 is taken from practically the same point, but looking in the opposite 
direction and showing the extent of the village killing ground. 


Dr. Jordan visited the Eeef this morning with Professor Thompson and made the 
following notes: 

There is every reason to believe that sex exhaustion in overworked bulls is 
imaginary. In general old bulls that have had 40 or more cows in their harems are 
quite as active and their sex force and pugnacity lasts quite as long as with the bulls 

'Unfortunately these undeveloped negatives were damaged in transit to San Francisco. 


who Lave served but one or two cows. The decline of sex is probably seasonal, the 
young bulls holding desire later because it is imperfectly differentiated. 1 


Looking at our seals again after returning from Medni Island, I notice these 
differences : The color as noted, also form. In addition the pups are larger and 
stronger here. There is here a very much smaller number of starving and starved 
ones, and those which are starving are larger in size because they are older when they 
begin to starve. This is because there is no close season at Komandoi ski. The bulls, 
both young and old, are much more numerous on St. Paul. There are many young 
bulls still here, and rookery affairs are still going on under charge of these young 
fellows. I only saw about 15 males altogether on Palata and Zapalata rookeries. 
There are probably hundreds on Kitovi and Lukanin, there being fairly constituted 
harems everywhere. The females seem more fierce and disposed to resent approach 
than early in the season. They will not drive easily, and often move directly toward 
any person standing between them and the sea. 

The young 4, 5, and 6 year old bulls on the Keef seem now full of activity, and 
while more cowardly, show all the qualities of males in the spring. They hold cows 
back from the sea, fight each other, growl, snort, and shake their heads just like old 
bulls. They seem to have well-ordered harems. Very few of the old bulls remain, but 
the young ones thoroughly take their places. 

Some 6-year-olds seem very capable and in good physical condition. Perhaps 
they are late arrivals. Perhaps they have been away to feed and have returned. The 
cows show less respect for the brevet bulls, often snarling at them and at each other. 
Cows seem more snappish now than earlier in the season. 

Evidently the pup, not the bull, determines the location of the cow. A bull 
tries ineffectively to round up his cows, but extends his attempts over the entire 
neighborhood, since the original harems are broken up. 


A's place is vacant; in it are 3 cows and many pups; all asleep. In B's place is 
a young bull asleep, with no cows. Behind A's place is a sleeping black bull, 
probably one from behind; no cows. C has no bull; 8 old cows; many pups; no 
young cows about. The pups are plump and large. 

The gully is full of old cows with pups. Three freshly dead pups are now to be 
seen; a few more are starving; but most are very plump. About half the pups are 
wet; no wet cows. No bulls below except wet fellows by the sea. Some wet cows 
come in; they move very slowly. One cow floods the place with urine. 

A young bull with 6 young cows lies well back from the mouth of the slide on the 
plain. Another bull is behind him. There is much excrement of cows and bull on 
the rookeries. A wet cow climbs to C; she calls loudly and pup comes at once. The 
rear edge of the whole Keef rookery is now lined with hundreds of yearling cows more 

1 Later observations contradict this. When the bnlls returned at intervals during the latter part 
of September and in October, as many of them did, to the breeding grounds, they gave every evidence 
of sexual vigor, and were not only able but willing to serve cows. Live spermatozoa were found in 
one of these bulls killed late in October. 


or less associated with harems of 2-year-olds, which are guarded by young bulls. This 
till seems to be mimic, not real, rookery life. The rookery extends far back from the 
sea. The starving pups are all game to the last. Some starving ones are grouped 
about, good for a week or so yet. Some starved dead ones are also to be seen ; but 
these are not numerous as yet on the Eeef. 

On the Keef are a great number of starving pups (100 or more) bunched together 
at the southwest side of the large pond. Only a few are dead yet. These are at a 
distance from the breeding ground. Some gray pups are very pretty. The old 
rookery ground here is wholly abandoned. 


In the afternoon Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark visited Lukanin to look up the 
branded pups. Cows, bulls, and pups on this rookery seem very sensitive to-day, 
many taking to the water as soon as we become visible. But they soon quiet down 
and ignore us when we are seated. 

One of the branded cows is lying on the stones below the cliff among the other 
seals and pups. Succeeded in rousing her up by throwing pebbles at her. She seems 
to be out of sorts with herself and uncomfortable, though her movements do not 
indicate any serious trouble. 

Four of the branded pups are on the rocks at the water's edge. Two others are 
in the runway, one nursing and the other lying beside its mother. 

A large cow with a scar of a peculiar kind across the top of her head comes out 
of the water; she has also stagy patches of fur on her side, giving her altogether a 
ragged appearance. A number of cows with imperfect fur have been seen and not a 
few bachelors have been rejected on this account at the killings. 

Many pups are in the water playing with the kelp, diving for it, shaking it above 
their heads and playing with it as a dog might a bone. All these movements are 
probably the outcropping of the instinct for catching fish. 


From the crest of Lukanin Hill we can see a branded pup asleep on a rock near 
the boundary with Kitovi. As the branding was done at the other end of the rookery 
he has wandered some distance or had wandered some distance when picked up for 

In the Amphitheater of Kitovi a little starving pup is seen going about nosing the 
bellies of his sleeping companions. He goes over three while we watch him. Some 
do not mind him; others wake up as if to know what is wanted. 

A very small cow with a very small pup is present. She must be a late 3-year-old 
with a very young pup. There are an unusual number of small pups here. Not all 
are small because starving, for many of them are very plump. These must be late pups. 

The pups are this afternoon in evidence all along the shore down by East Landing 
and toward the Keef. The rocks off Kitovi Bay are covered with them. As usual, 
many yearlings are among them, both in the water and on the rocks. Many pups are 
hauled up and sleeping on the rock at the little tower on the point between Kitovi 
Bay and Black Bluff. There seem to be several cows asleep among them. One is 
sleeping with a pup beside her. 
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At sea on the Rush. We boarded the Zillah May. She reports G25 seals 314 
males, 311 females. Up to August 12 she had taken 352, as follows: 134 males, 218 
females. This preponderance of males over females in the recent catch is what might 
theoretically have been expected from the dearth of bachelors on the hauling grounds 
of late. 

In afternoon we picked up Mr. Halkett, Canadian commissioner, and obtained 28 
seals from the Dora Siewerd, 20 females, 2 males; only 1 young one. After dinner 
dissected 13 seals, 12 females and 1 male. With the exception of one specimen, which 
had a single fish vertebra, all females contained food, mostly pollock, but some other 
fishes were represented, quite a different state of affairs from what was found on last 
trip, when seals had been sleeping rather than eating. 

Mr. Halkett has found living spermatozoa in a 3-year-old seal. Spermatozoa 
from a 5-year-old ( ?) were apparently dead, but this might have been due to length of 
time between capture and examination or to the fact that the season's work was over. 
The scars, recent, on some of the ovaries examined now show indubitably as scars of 
impregnation, being much larger than those examined in August. There is a decided 
difference in size between the ovary impregnated last year and the one recently 
impregnated, the latter naturally being the larger. In some cases the impregnated 
branch of the uterus has begun to swell, but a casual examination shows no trace of 
an embryo. It is interesting to note that the Graafian follicles are highly developed 
in the functional ovary and scarcely apparent in the nonfunctional. In some cases 
there are several very large Graatiau follicles present, indicating more than one 
chance for impregnation. 

After impregnation the Graafian follicles undergo a process of degeneration, and 
I believe that these degenerate follicles are what Dr. Slunin considered to be the 
marks of past impregnations. With one exception it has so far been impossible to 
find more than one scar on an ovary; the exceptions showed two scars. Practically, 
then, in the case of the fur seal, ovulation may be considered as synonymous with 
impregnation, since neither Mr. Townseud nor myself have found more than one 
recent scar on an ovary. 

In the evening we returned to St. Paul. 


The morning being favorable for driving seals it was decided to try the chute. 
A drive of about 3,000 seals, chiefly from Middle Hill, English Bay, and Lukauiu, were 
brought in. 

Professor Thompson, Mr. Macoun, Judge Crowley, Colonel Murray, and Mr. 
Eedpath were present. 


The chute was located at the head of the lagoon in a small valley opening into 
the water. It consisted of a narrow passageway about 4 feet wide and 20 feet long, 
sufficiently large for the passage of a good-sized bull seal, wings extending out 
into the rear to gather in the seals. At the outlet were two gates hinged from above 
and arranged with pulleys so that they could be readily lifted. These gates formed 


a V-shaped extension of the chute and each one constituted an opening as great as 
the width of the passage itself. The design was to open the gates alternately, letting 
out killable seals at one side and nonkillable ones at the other. 

The seals were driven up to the chute in pods of 40 to 50, as they would be at a 
killing. At first they were allowed to pass through with both gates open in order to 
determine whether they would pass through. They did this fairly well. Occasionally 
there was difficulty arising from the tendency of the leader to turn about on coming 
close to the frame of the gates, stopping up the way and causing the seals to pile one 
on another. The post dividing one gateway from the other proved an insuperable 
obstacle to the animals, many of them running their noses into it point blank. 

One gateway was then closed and the seals allowed to pass out of one side only. 
When a break occurred in the line of seals the gates were reversed. This made no 
difference to the seals; they would go out of either side readily enough. But the 
difficulty arose when it was necessary to reverse the gates at close range. When the 
leading seal started, all the others rushed after pell mell, making it impossible to shut 
the gate when once the line started through. 

This tendency on the part of the seal not to go at all until he feels like it and 
then to go in a mad rush, soon demonstrated the impossibility of ever culling the 
killable from the nonkillable seals in this way. With more finely adjusted machinery 
better success might be had. The present apparatus is crude, but it seems sufficient 
to demonstrate the impracticability of the plan. 

The seals are stupid, awkward, and withal dangerous beasts to handle at short 
range. They bunch together and try and see how many deep they can pile on one 
another. When one on the outside decides to start in any direction, the whole lot 
follows in a mass. The present way of culling out the killables by knocking them 
down and allowing those with which they are mixed to escape seems to be the best 
method of handling them. 

The seals operated upon this morning were for the most part old bulls and half 
bulls, with occasional holostiaki mixed in. These animals are much more easily 
managed than the little fellows, the yearlings and 2-year-olds, as the former are 
somewhat afraid of each other. 


The seals on being released from the chute were then turned in the Lagoon, in 
order to experiment with the idea of herding up rejected seals so that they need not 
again appear on the hauling grounds until after the season is over. 

The Lagoon is a body of salt water containing about 300 acres of space. It is cut 
off from the sea, except for a narrow channel, by a rocky spit. Having direct 
connection with the sea it therefore seems likely that the bachelor seals could be kept 
there during the month of July without any inconvenience to them. The Lagoon is 
easily accessible for the Keef, Gorbatch, Lukauin, Kitovi, Tolstoi, and Zapadni 
rookeries. It would not be a very long or hard drive to bring to it the seals from 
Polovina, and judging from the appearance that 3,000 seals make the place might 
easily contain 50,000. 

After the killings on the respective grounds of these rookeries the rejected seals 
might be rounded up and driven very carefully and slowly to the Lagoon and kept 
there until the season for killing was over. This closes about July 25. They could 


then be turned out to &ea> f such a thing seemed necessary, and allowed to remain 
there for a time, when they could again be rounded up from their hauling grounds 
and kept out of reach of pelagic sealers during the month of August. Judging by 
the capacity of the bulls to fast four months, a fast of a month would seem not to be 
impossible for the younger seals. 

The Lagoon could take care of all the rookeries except those of Northeast Point. 
Near the killing grounds at this place is Webster Lake, a considerable body of water, 
which might be utilized for a similar purpose. 

To carry out these plaus it would be necessary to fence the Lagoon and put in a 
row of palings across the channel; also to fence Webster Lake. As, however, the 
sealers take a considerable number of males, the shutting off of the supply would do 
much toward rendering the business unprofitable, and the seals saved to the United 
States would more than repay the outlay in fencing and caring for seals. 

As there is no fence about the Lagoon it was necessary to station native guards 
about it at intervals of an eighth of a mile to keep the seals from making their way 
out. Boats with men in them were anchored in the channel to guard the way to the 
sea. They at once showed a tendency to get over the bowlder spit at the point where it 
joins the rocky cliff. Evidently many of them know the way out here from experience 
in former drives. As soon as the tide began to set in through the channel many 
showed a disposition to follow its course out. In the channel the seals Avere rather 
difficult to manage: they kept up their efforts to escape in this direction persistently 
all the afternoon, but the men had no difficulty in frightening them back. On land, of 
course, the men had no difficulty. Each native set up such pieces of driftwood as he 
could find on his beat and referred to them as his helpers. They seemed quite 
effective in driving back the seals. 

The seals were put in at 9 o'clock in the morning and held until 9 o'clock at night. 
The weather was extremely unpleasant, being windy, rainy, and cold, and developing 
into a gale at night. 

The natives, when they found that they were to guard the seals in the Lagoon 
over night, stipulated that a member of the commission should be detailed to watch 
with them, as they claimed the seals could not be held at night and they did not want 
to be blamed if they escaped. 


During the afternoon for four consecutive hours the movements of the seals were 
watched. They spread over the entire surface of the lagoon. At three points they 
made constant efforts to escape, viz, through the channel, over and at the angle of 
the cliff, and across the country in the direction of Tolstoi. It was, however, only 
small bands of seals that made trouble. For the most part the seals swam about, 
played, and slept just as they do in the water off' the rookeries. 

At 3.30 o'clock the seals were stretched out in a long line from one end of the 
lagoon to the other. For half an hour there was little change. Then they began to 
bunch in certain parts and to sleep. A pod of about 50 approached the narrow 
sandy beach toward Tolstoi and for some reason took fright, plunging back into the 
water. At intervals of five minutes they continue to do this for half an hour. On 
going round to the sand beach it was found that a walking stick stuck up in the sand 
had been the cause of the fright of the seals. 


After a while the seals try the beach at a point beyond the stick aud are 
allowed to go, to see what they will do. Every few rods one drops out aud returus 
to the water. Other bauds of seals swiin iu, and in course of half an hour there are a 
hundred seals sitting on the bank in the shallow water. They are growling and 
lighting in mock fashion among themselves. They are nearly all old bulls, 
Occasionally a little pod of three or four fellows set out on the trail of those going 
up the slope. Most of them come back after a few rods. Then all those on the 
shore start, but the boy drives them back. They all swim down the lagoon, but in 
ten minutes are back in the shallow water again. They act exactly like a flock of 
sheep would if herded near a wheat field by a boy. 

The natives say the seals can smell the sea from Tolstoi, which is to the 
windward, and that is the reason why they want to get out there. 

Going back along the course of the drive I find 2 old bulls that dropped out of 
the Hock and hid in the grass. They are lying sleeping, but on my approach they 
rouse up aud show fight. Try to drive one on the lagoon side into the water, but he 
will not go. He charges at me very fiercely. The other fellow simply lies low and 

Up the side of Telegraph Hill is a big bull making a zigzag track. He is 
halfway up. The grass is very tall, but he is making good progress. He, too, is 
making for Tolstoi, but is going directly away from the lagoon. He toils on aud 
finally disappears over the summit. It is seal fashion to take the absurd course he 
has chosen. 

Everything seems to indicate the entire feasibility of keeping the seals indefinitely 
in the lagoon, but the Aleuts continue to insist that it can not be done overnight. 
Mckoli Krukof, one of the most intelligent natives guarding the seals, says the a-nknals 
can not be held. He says they have to go into the sea, and no man can stop them. 
Thinking the dislike of guarding the seals may affect his opinion, I told him that if 
the natives continued to insist that the seals could not be held, it would be necessary, 
in order to prove it, to keep them there night and day. It was explained, however* 
that, if next year it was thought best to so herd the seals, the lagoon would be fenced 
and the Aleuts would not have to guard. 

This settled Nickoli at once. He declared that with a fence there was no question 
about holding the seals. 


Very rainy and disagreeable. Mr. Clark went out at noon to see how the seals 
in the lagoon were getting on. There are 300 swimming about in the water under 
the lee of the bluffs toward Tolstoi. None are seen to attempt to get out by way of 
the channel. Some could be heard growling and snorting on the rocks under the 
cliffs on the other side, showing that they have landed there. 

At the sand beach toward Tolstoi about 100 were hauled out on the shore. As 
many as a dozen separate trails ran in the direction of Tolstoi, clearly marked in the 
long grass, showing where as many bands of seals had traveled off toward Tolstoi. 
Some of the trails merge together, but for the most part they are distinct throughout 
their entire course. They evidently did not propose to follow in one another's tracks, 
which is true seal style. 


A band of about a dozen seals are perched ou top of a sand dune overlooking 
Tolstoi Sands. It is, doubtless, too steep on the other side for the seals to descend. 
The seals on the beach and in the lagoon are apparently content. 

On looking for the 2 bulls hauled out yesterday fr.nn tlte drive, they were found 
to have wandered about for considerable distances among the sand dunes, one of them 
still lying in a hollow back from the lagoon. 


The following is a tentative classification of dead pups, with causes of death, 
August 1 to 10 : 

Cut scalp with pus 2 

Kidney s swollen 1 

Drowned (6 on Tolstoi ) 12 

Inliiunniatiou of lungs 1 

Bitten by cow or bull 2 

Total . , .108 

Fellfrom cliff 3 

Under falling rocks 3 

Inflammation of bowels 2 

Skull fractured 2 

Large pups, trampled on, congested lungs 36 

Starved and trampled 11 

Starved 25 

Cause uncertain 8 

Of this number 55 were males, 51 females. In two cases the sex was not 

These pups were all dissected and the number represents about one-third of all 
the pups on the rookeries fresh enough to be handled. 

Very young pups drowned ou places like Sea Lion Neck are washed into the sea 
by the surf. But very few of these. The deadly surf nip is a myth invented to 
account for the dead pups on Tolstoi Sands, washed by the surf from the rookery front. 

Many of the early starved pups which die between August 8 and 15 are tlie victims 
of pelagic sealing. A mother might be returning from a week's absence on the feeding 
ground when taken by a schooner on August 1. 

Mr. Lucas suggests the possibility of using a galvanic cauterizing instrument for 
branding. It might make a scar with less effort. 

Mr. Lucas reports that Mr. Barrett- Hamilton examined a bull from Zoltoi killed 
for Professor Thompson. There was no sign of scrotum, testes being withdrawn into 
the body. A testicle examined was shrunken and hard, yielding practically no liquid, 
and thus showed no trace of spermatozoa when seen under microscope. 1 

It would seem that in the fourth, exceptionally in the third year, the testes descend 
into the scrotum, and that in the old bulls at least they are retracted at the close of 
the seasom's work. 


Mr. Clark visited Lukaniu rookery in the afternoon to look after the branded 
pups. Twenty six of them are to be seen along the water front, doing much as the 
other pups are doing. Some are going into the water, others coming out. One is 

1 The absence of testes in the scrotum was characteristic of all bulls killed and was due to the 
fact that in traveling the animal draws the testes into the body. In a bull killed on Zapadni in 
October the same phenomenon was observed, but pressure ou the abdomen caused the testes to appear, 
and they could be forced back by pressure. See notes for October 11 and 17. 



Dr. Jordau, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, and Mr. Clark visit Gorbatch in 
the afternoon. 


The usual number of hair seals are out on the rocks at the point. 

Mr. Lucas counts 4 additional starved pups, making in all 15 to the present time. 
These have died within a week. 

A wet cow is seen to recognize a pup which looks as if he were half starved. He 
is very eager, but his mother is slow to give him a chance to nurse. The little fellow 
seems almost ready to eat her up. He fights off the other pups in the way and keeps 
shaking his head and calling to his mother. Two other pups, plainly starving, are 
following the cow. These she drives off. This cow has probably been an unusually 
long time away. At last she climbs to a flat rock near the head of the cliff, pushes a 
pod of sleeping pups off from it, and, after much delay, she nurses her own. 

There are many starving pups in the " slide." The old bull in A's position still 
holds his ground. 


After returning home Mr. Lucas and Mr. Clark went over to Lukanin rookery to 
see the branded pups. Sixty-six of the 124 are counted from the top of the cliff 
without disturbing the seals. A close count was not attempted. 

One branded pup is seen out in the water swimming among the others. He is 
apparently enjoying himself quite as well as his fellows. Three are seen to land from 
a swim within a few minutes. Two are seen to swim out. One is nursing. His mother 
lies on a rock and the pup stands on his hind flippers, showing the branded back to 
good advantage. The pups seen are, in general, doing just what the other pups are 
doing. None seem to feel any bad effects, though the inspection is not close. 

On the west side of the hauling ground on Lukauin Hill there is a bright, fresh 
green strip of grass which fringes the entire west side and rear end of the hauling 
ground. Beyond it is a much wider strip of the yellow seal grass which marks the 
shrinkage area of the rookeries. The green strip on the west side is 15 feet wide; 
the yellowish strip beyond is G5 feet. Distributed through the abandoned area are 
bowlders similar to those on the hauling grounds. The seals once occupied the entire 
width of this strip of 80 feet, and the fresh young grass probably marks the area 
abandoned this present year, showing that the hauling grounds shrink away toward 
the rookery. This is but natural, as the bachelors try to get as close as possible and 
are kept away by the bulls. They always keep as close to the harems as possible, 
and therefore any shrinkage must be visible on the outer side, or away from the 


In the afternoon Dr. Jordan had an interview with Kerik Artimouof, at which 
Apollon, the native chief, acted as interpreter, with a view to obtaining information 
regarding the old rookery said to have once existed on the North Shore. 

Artimouof said in substance : 

" I am the oldest man 011 the island, and was chief for eighteen years during the 
time when Dr. Mclntyre was superintendent of the company. Marunichen was a small 


rookery when I was a boy, about seventy-five years ago. In those days a small body of 
seals gathered on the rocks of the point south of North Shore. There was a little 
hauling ground behind and another farther east on the next point and on the island 
adjoining it offshore. The rookery was smaller tl:an Little Polovina is to day. I 
never saw a drive from there, but heard the men talking about itr They used to kill 
the seals there and carry the skins to the village at Northeast Point." 

Artimonof continued and said: 

" At Northeast Point, you would not believe it, but the seals, cows and bachelors, 
covered the whole point as far south as Webster Lake and in from the east shore to 
where the present salt house stands. The beach all around was one continuous 

"Thirty-four years ago (probably in 1834) the summer was late, so that all around 
the island was piled up with snow and ice, so that the seals could not land. Thousands 
of them were killed under the ice, and after that there were very few seals on the 
island, so that only 100 bachelors a year were killed for several years. They never 
killed cows. After that time the rookeries were very small for a long time. There 
were only 2 bulls on the Lagoon; only 7 bulls were left on Gorbatch, and all the 
rookeries, Northeast Point and all, were very much smaller than now. 

"In later days they killed 3,000 male pups for food each winter, but the seals 
went on increasing just the same. They did not kill female pups. They took the 
pups up and examined them, letting the inatkas go. 

"At that time they used to kill half bulls (4 and 5 year olds) to make strings 
and cords to tie up the bundles of skins with. 

"There has not been any more killing of the seals under the ice since 1834. The 
natives always go now and break roads through the ice to let the seals laud. 

" One thing you ought to know is that the cow seal never lets any pup suck 
except her own ; they never feed other pups. The matka comes on shore and feeds 
her pup and then she goes off 60 miles or more to eat. She can't lie around on the 
rookeries like the bachelors and have milk for her pup." 


Mr. Eedpath says that the killing of seals by the blocking of the ice was formerly 
well known among the natives. The most disastrous season was somewhere about 

The natives have several times in the spring dug away the ice so that the seals 
could haul out. The earliest drives of bachelors are for food, and the natives are 
anxious to get fresh seal meat as soon as possible, so they see to it that every 
obstruction is removed. 

The rookery of Spilki, according to Mr. Eedpath, gradually disappeared. The 
cows seemed to go first. The bulls would haul out, but finding few or no females, 
after a time they went away, probably going over to the Lagoon. It was thought that 
the running of the steam launch close to the foot of the rookery in the spring while 
unloading the company's vessel had something to do with the disappearance of the 
rookery. There was no hauling ground of any consequence connected with the 
rookery. Its extent was between the present landing and the cliffs under the hill. 
Its former extent and outline are marked by the usual seal grass. 


Mr. Redpath says that Lagoon rookery was larger at the time of bis coming than 
it is now. It has been permanent, like the others. 

Of the 24,000 skins obtained this year on St. Paul, Mr. Redpath thinks that 4,000, 
more or less, were long 2-year-olds and almost as many were short 4-year-olds. The 
skins of the latter would weigh about 10 pounds, those of the former G pounds or 
even less. The number of 2-year olds taken this year is greater than usual of late 

Judge Crowley reports that while at East Lauding, on August 30, he saw about 
200 pups in the surf diving for and playing with jelly fishes which were floating in the 
surf. They would tear a jelly fish by shaking it in their mouths. He could not tell 
whether they ate any of the fish or not. 


Dr. Jordan visited Lukanin this morning to see the branded pups. One was 
examined and found to have pus in the anterior cross bar. It is best not to have two 
bars cross each other. The mark on the pups need not be so broad, and perhaps not 
so deep. One scar would be enough. One branded pup was scratching his back. 
Another showed the third bar raw and festering. 

A great number of cows and pups are sleeping among the rocks in the sun at 
Lukaniu. I creep up slowly and sit down at the edge of the mass. Only a few notice 
me, sleepily. As I cease to move, no attention is paid to me. A young cow 6 feet 
away lies on a rock. She turns sleepily toward me from time to time. The seals are 
not afraid of man. A bachelor would stampede them as quickly. One gray pup sees 
me and creeps off quickly. I go up within 4 feet of the cow; she remains half asleep 
watching me, showing no fear. Only the gray pup has become frightened. He does 
not stop till he gets to the water. I whistle to the cow; she pays no attention. I go 
quietly away; she does not move. The gray pup is the only one that has shown any 
inclination to run from me. 

There are a considerable number of starving pups and some dead ones in every 
pod on Lukanin. 


Dr. Jordan and Mr. Clark went to Tolstoi this afternoon. 

In going by the Lagoon we could see where the seals had climbed over the cliff 
on the opposite side and made their way back to Tolstoi from the top of the hill. We 
followed out the tracks from the head of the Lagoon to where the seals entered the 
water off English Bay sands. Most of them evidently went out this way. They have 
an idea of locality even on land. 

The area of the sandy tract was measured and found to be 1G5 feet wide to the 
foot of the green cliff and 720 feet long. 

The pups are rapidly turning gray. Not a single dead pup not emaciated has 
been added since our count of August 12. Many emaciated ones have been added and 
many are just about dead. 



Mr. Lucas went this morning to Kitovi to get some specimens of starving pups to 
take home in alcohol. Following are his notes: 

"I found a very large and old starved gray pup almost as big as a yearling. 
There is no time to investigate its stomach, but if pups are able to take their own food 
in September this pup was certainly old enough and strong enough to have obtained 
food and certainly would not have starved. He is much larger than any pup yet seen 
by me, and must have been born early in June. His teeth are well developed and 
seemingly good enough to catch any small fish with. 

"A large bull on Kitovi is very loud and active in rounding up 3 2-year-old cows 
who are alarmed by my presence, and 3 young bulls are fairly bold for this season, 
standing their ground pretty well. Altogether this corner is more suggestive of July 
than anything that I have seen of late. The pups sleep soundly, and I am obliged to 
awaken several of them in order to recover the gray pup." 


At 10 o'clock, the Rush anchored off the village, and, as the landing seemed not 
likely to remain good long, Dr. Jordan, Professor Thompson, and Mr. Lucas went on 
board at once. The Rush is to take them to Sitka, and from there they expect to reach 
the Sound on the steamer Topeka. 

Colonel Murray expects to get away on the Concin about September 20. Messrs. 
Clark, Macoun, and Barrett Hamilton remain to count the dead starved pups about 
the first week in October, the Grant being detailed to wait and take them off when 
the work is done. 


In the afternoon Mr. Clark spent an hour watching the pups in the water at the 
northern end of Black Bluff. The top of the towerlike rock serves as an excellent 
observation point. 

Watching the various movements of the hundreds of pups in the water one can 
not help thinking that they are getting ready for their descent upon the fishes. One 
little fellow has a small round object. It might be a cork or a tunicate. It floats 
nicely. He dives and comes up exactly under it so that it falls into his mouth. He 
takes it down with him, releases it, and follows it up, catching it the instant it appears 
on the surface. Then he shakes it, letting it fly out of his mouth, leaping after it and 
coming down on it with open mouth, taking it with hin. This performance he repeats 
over and over. 

Another pup is playing with something like a piece of jelly-fish, but the distance 
is too great to make it certain. He comes up with it in his mouth, shakes it and dives 
after it, always recovering it and bringing it up, although it sinks readily. He finally 
lauds on the rock and lays down the object which is certainly a part of a jelly-fish. 
A wave washes it off' the rock. He dives and brings it back. Leaving it, he goes out 
among the other pups, playing and diving as before. 

The flat rocks all about the foot of the tower are covered with sleeping pups. 
Occasionally one goes into the water; others come out and lie down. Among the pups 

1 From this date until October 20 the record is the work of Mr. Clark. 


are a lot of yearlings. There are probably 200 pups on the rocks, and of this number 
there are about 35 yearlings. There are many yearlings also playing among the 
swimming pups. There is no difficulty at all in accounting for 15,000 or 20,000 of 
these little fellows from the number of them daily to be seen in the water and on the 
rookeries and hauling grounds. 

One 2-year-old on the rock below me is playing bull with the little pups, rounding 
them up, imitating perfectly the movements and sounds of the old bull on the harem 
ground. Near him is a little yearling doing exactly the same thing. They keep the 
fussing up right along, though the pups are sleepy and cross. 

The water here is quite deep, but has a bottom of light-colored rocks, so that you 
can see all the motions of the swimming pups. They dive to the bottom and go along 
with their noses on the rocks as if feeling for something until their breath gives out. 
Then they come up for air and go down again. They dart hither and thither in the 
water like fish. One could easily suppose that a little fish in this water would have a 
hard time of it. But the pups, while quick to catch the object with which they are 
playing, do not so quickly take up with a new object. I threw a stalk of arctic wheat 
in the water just now. It was a moment before any pup noticed it. Then one came 
up and cautiously put his nose to it, later taking hold of it and biting it. Then he 
took it by the middle, diving with it and going through all the motions before observed 
with other objects. 

A dozen other straws thrown in are quickly appropriated by as many apparently 
delighted pups. Many pups are playing with pieces of seaweed. One little fellow 
has a small feather. This seems to please him very greatly. He carries it down with 
him and catches it from below with unerring precision. From the way in which they 
play they apparently never take their eyes off the object. When other swimming pups 
come along they sometimes plump into the playing pup, who pays no attention, or at 
least does not allow his attention to be diverted to such an extent as to lose his 
plaything. The pups, as a rule, do not attempt to interfere with one another. 

Judging from the motions of two little pups in the water, one can not help 
thinking that those who have seen copulation in the water have mistaken this play 
for the act. These little pups have their noses together and their front flippers 
wrapped about one another and are rolling over and over, having a jolly time. Then 
they break away and chase one another. Bachelors have been seen playing in a 
similar manner. 

There is a little pup in the water marked in a peculiar fashion. The tips of his 
fore flippers are pink inside and out at the tips. It looks as though the flippers had 
been shaved down so that the flesh showed. Both flippers are marked in the same 
way. It does not seem to incommode the little fellow as he is playing as lively as one 
could expect. 

A little felloe is swimming in from some distance out with about a yard of kelp 
balanced in his mouth and streaming out behind. Ue goes out of sight under the 
projecting rock. 


Mr. Macouu and Mr. Barrett- Hamilton went on a collecting trip to Southwest Bay 
and Bogoslof. In the forenoon I went over to take a look at the Reef. 



On the way a little band of about 75 pups were noticed out on the rocks on this 
side of Zoltoi Sands and under the village cliff. The water of the bay is full of 
swimming pups. 

There is an unusually large number of bulls and half bulls on Zoltoi Sands and 
bluffs. Among them are more bachelors than have been seen there for a long time. 
Many, evidently, have recently returned from the water. The usual number of bulls 
are sleeping on the sands and in the little cove on the other side of the neck. 

The testes in a large number of bulls were observed. Some show them plainly, 
others less distinctly, while others show no trace at all. 


The pups in going into the water probably do so for the sport and enjoyment there 
is in swimming. Their inherited instinct for catching fish prompts them to pick up 
and toss about any object, stick, shell, feather, or whatever may come within their 
reach. They do not need to eat, because they are still nursing. 

The cow evidently knows her pup's voice. A little wet dripping pup calling loudly 
is making his way up through the crowd of sleeping cows and pups to the bunch by 
the rock on which I am sitting. A cow suddenly sits up and answers him. He comes 
directly toward her, is recognized, and bi'gius nursing. The cow was apparently 
awakened from sleep by the voice of the pup. She was perfectly dry, and the pup 
had been swimming. This is back at least one eighth of a mile from the shore. 

I get down from the rock and make my way slowly through the sleeping crowd of 
cows and pups- A young bull awakened suddenly is very much frightened and causes 
a stampede by his running. I hide behind a rock and the seals quiet down. In a few 
minutes I make my way through the Hue to the bare space between it and the beach. 
A few only of the cows m ke their way to the water, the great mass keep their places. 

The "spreading" is more marked to day because there are more cows on shore. 
On account of the steep slant of the bowlder beach one can walk along here entirely 
out of view of the cows above. There are many pups, cows, bulls, and yearlings at the 
water's edge, and the water is full offshore. 

Twenty little yearlings are counted here on the stones of the beach in a space of 
100 feet. There seems to be about the same number of 2-year olds. The reef has a 
length of about 5.000 feet. Here would be 1,000 of these yearlings on the rocks of this 
rookery alone. In the water the yearlings seem to bear about the same proportion, 
and they are to be found on shore wherever the pups are. Adding to the 1,000 on the 
rocks, a like number for the water, and an equal number for those scattered among the 
sleeping cows and pups, you have 3,000 yearlings for this rookery alone. Keef rookery 
has about one-tenth the number of seals. Here would, therefore, be 30,000 yearlings. 
This kind of calculation is not worth much. But one can easily see that a large 
number of these little seals may be scattered over the rookeries, and it is not at all 
necessary to suppose that any of them do not come to the islands. 

There are many deaths due to starvation along the shore, and many pups are 
dying in out-of the- way places among the rocks. It will be necessary to look sharply 
if all are counted. Some of the older dead are bound to be lost, especially those dead 
in runways of bachelors and other places where there has been much moving about 
over the bodies. The skulls of two dead g^ay pups are taken. 


As I pass the "slide" hastily I note that the two old bulls that belong under the 
cliff on the shelf are gone, and in their place is a fine-looking young gray bull which 
I have not seen before. The outlying harems are all gone. 


In the afternoon a visit is made to the pinnacle of rock off Black Bluff. Took a 
fresh sculpin about 15 inches long, tied it to a short stick of wood to keep it afloat and 
dropped it off into the water among the swimming pups. The splash scattered them 
for an instant, but presently four of the pups came to inspect the fish. They dove 
under it, coming up rubbing their backs against it. One of them took it by the tail 
and pulled it down into the water. Another took the stick and swam away with fish 
and all, followed by the others. For an hour they played with it until it drifted out 
of range down toward East Landing. By this time the fish was torn to shreds. J 
could not see that any of it was eaten. They treated the fish as they might have 
treated a piece of cloth. 

Below me, on the rocks of the point, are 2 of the branded pups from Lukanin. 
They are both sleeping. One is dry, the other has not long been out of the water. 
To get to this point from where they were branded these pups must have swain more 
than a mile. 


In going up to Lukauiu I find another of the branded pups in the Amphitheater of 
Kitovi. It lies on a stone the farthest back of any pup. It must have made an 
unfortunate visit to Lukauin on the morning of the branding, or else it is making a 
visit to-day. 

Below the Amphitheater on the beach lies a long slender piece of wood, the branch 
of a tree. Four pups are apparently trying to get it out in the water. It is half in 
and half out. They take hold of it with their teeth, one at each end and two in the 
middle. They were probably playing with it in the water when it was washed ashore 
and they want to get it in again. At least, one could easily imagine so from their 

Under the brow of Lukanin hill is a pup which was badly burned in the branding. 
The three bars through their center length are raw and inflamed, and the pup is 
evidently uneasy. Two other pups are seen with inflammation in one or more bars. 
All others seen are apparently doing well. 

The storm of yesterday prevented going anywhere. 


Colonel Murray, Mr. Clark, and Judge Crowley, with 12 natives, went to Kitovi 
rookery for the purpose of branding more pups. Mr. Macoun and Mr. Barrett- 
Hamilton were also present. It was decided to put just one brand across the 

On passing the Amphitheater of Kitovi the triple-branded pup, which was seen 
two days ago, was found still there near its former position. It seems in good health 
and spirits. This must be its home. 


The scene of the branding operations this morning is on the flat just above and 
back from the middle of Kitovi rookery. 

Two large pods, cows and all, are driven up. There are an unusual number of 
cows in this morning, as the sea is wild from the storm of yesterday. As many 
of the cows as possible are worked out as the pods are driven up. When the drove of 
waiting animals grows small the cows are noosed and dragged out. The pups are 
examined for sex and culled for weak and starving ones. The work goes along 
quickly this morning. In less than two hours Colonel Murray had 1.91 pups branded. 
Toward the end time was kept, and it was found that 9 pups were branded in a 
minute and a half. There is a little inclination on the part of the men to throw the 
pups about unnecessarily. Though spoken to frequently they seem to forget readily, 
or, what is more likely, they dislike the work. They evidently look with strong 
disfavor on branding, and are more or less sullen. If branding is done .on a large 
scale it will need to be carefully supervised. 1 

The presence of cows in the pods is hard on the pups. In dragging out the cows 
from one pod a large male pup is smothered. He will be taken home for experiment 
in castration and for examination of stomach contents. 

In searching for freshly dead pups on the rookery one was found gasping and 
nearly dead. It could just raise its head, but could not get up. Fifteen minutes 
later it was found to be dead. A quantity of black, tarry excrement had been voided 
n the death struggle, which seems to be a common occurrence. The animal's mouth 
was wide open and pressed to the ground, just as was the case with the experimental 


The dead pup brought home for experiment in castration and examination weighed 
19j| pounds. It was in very good condition. It has begun to shed; the fur shows 
brown. Judge Crowley says that it is the water hair which comes out through the 
new fur that gives the gray color to the pups. 

Dr. Voss operated on the dead pup and thinks it will not be a difficult thing to 
castrate a living pup. The testes were found near the surface and within easy reach. 
He is willing to try a live pup later. 

The stomach of the pup was empty save for a little mucus and a dozen or more 
small, jagged pebbles. Either the pup was beginning to starve or else his mother 
had been absent for some time. It is, however, not likely that an empty stomach 
necessarily indicates a starving pup if the animal is otherwise in good condition. 

In the afternoon I visited Reef rookery. As on Kitovi, an unusually large number 
of cows are on shore. The water for the usual distance out from shore is full of pups 
and yearlings. They play in the tremendous surf without fear; they have now learned 
to dive under to avoid the curl of the big white breakers. 


There are at least 3 freshly dead pups since our visit of September 7. Two young 
bulls which were not there day before yesterday are on the level at the south side, each 

'It became evident later on that the natives believed that the pups so branded would all die 
anyhow. An opportunity to correct this notion was found later on. When the pups had fully 
recovered the chief and some of the old men were allowed to inspect them. 


witli a small harem. The gray bull seen two days ago was probably one of these. 
The bull of -late stationed under the cliff on the shelf has withdrawn back about 100 
feet under the cliff leading up to the parade ground. He has 7 cows and 2 pups 
sleeping about him. 

Coming home I paced the Eeef drive with a view to giving the area of the 
different typical portions of the drive, finding it to be roughly 5,031 feet long from its 
beginning in the edge of the parade ground to the killing field at East Lauding. 


A big storm is on hand this morning, with high wind blowing from the east and 
thick fog. Remained indoors and copied extracts from the Government agent's log. 

In the afternoon I went over to Lukanin and Kitovi rookeries, stopping for a 
moment at the observation point on Black Bluff. No pups are in water about the 
point, but in the shelter of the rocks are about 100 pups and 2 or 3 bachelors sleeping 
out of the reach of the surf. Among these pups are 3 of those branded yesterday 
morning. They seem in good spirits. 

The surf breaking over Kitovi bight is something terrific, nevertheless pups are 
everywhere in it, swimming, playing, ducking under each white breaker as it comes 
in and coining up in its rear. In the center of the bight where the little seaweed beach 
is, the water out for a considerable distance is full of seaweed. Out about three 
breakers from the shore are about 100 pups in a pod, diving and sporting in this 
seaweed. Many of them are shaking pieces of it about, and on the whole they are 
acting just as they might if the sea were calm. They show a surprising amount of 
watchfulness in keeping out of the way of the breakers. One could imagine that it 
would be the last of a pup if he got caught on the crest. Though watched for half an 
hour nothing happened to any of them. They seem well able to care for themselves. 
No bachelors or old seals are in sight in the water. 

It would seem that the pups under the cliffs at the point of Black Bluff stay there 
all the time. There seem to be about the same number there every day. But they 
evidently come and go, as is shown by the presence of the newly branded ones. 

An unusally large number of cows are on shore to-day; the storm has driven them 
in. Many bulls are out on Zoltoi and Lukanin beaches. 


The storm is still on, with thick fog and heavy surf off the east side. 

In the afternoon I walked out past Lukauin. No seals were on the hauling ground. 
Many cows were on land, driven by the storm. Cows and pups look uncomfortable; 
all perched on stones where possible. 


On Lukanin beach one pup, freshly dead, is washed up. It looks as if the pup 
might have been drowned. Very emaciated, doubtless washed over from Lukanin; 
possibly drowned in a weakened condition. Beside it is another pup denuded of hair, 
evidently also washed from Lukanin. 

There are 150 old bulls on Lukanin beach and among the sand dunes behind. A 
very few bachelors are among them. The old bulls leave the rookeries, but they have 


evidently not left the island. There are about 600 of them on Zoltoi bluffs, sands, 
and in the cove at the east side and at the hauling ground beyond it toward East 

I cross Telegraph Hill to Middle Hill. Many bulls and a few bachelors are on 
the hauling ground. The beach of English Bay is thickly lined as far as can be seen 
in the fog with old bulls. They, like the bachelors, are becoming more numerous 
within the past few days. Has the storm driven them in or are they returning from 
feeding? They are line-looking fellows, apparently entirely recovered from their 



The sand flat of Tolstoi is wholly deserted except for a few cows and 2 small pods 
of pups under the green cliff. All are far up in the rocks on the hillside. The reason 
for their abandoning the sandy area is evident. The rain of the past few days has 
cut it up into gullies where the little streams have run down. The dead pups are 
being used up fast. The prospects for getting them all in a count are not good. The 
whole thing has changed since Dr. Jordan and I were here on September 7. Sand is 
washed over and covers many of the pups longest dead. Here and there over the 
tract as you walk a pup supposed to be freshly dead will start up and run away with 
a piteous cry. These are the phantom-like starving pups. 

It is a question whether it will not be just as well to begin counting the pups a 
week earlier. We are sure to lose many by the high surf, and these beating storms 
will play the mischief with those long dead. The early dead ones show more 
disintegration as a result of the past few days of storm than during the whole ot 


I went this morning with a mule team and several natives to Lukaniu to get 
some pups for experiment in castration. Mr. Barrett-Hamilton and Colonel Murray 
went along. A drive of 24 pups was made to the edge of the hauling ground. Picking 
the twelve biggest they all proved males. Did not examine the sex of the small ones. 

The pups were brought home in the wagon. A dead cow was found lying a little 
above high-water mark. She was fresh and bleeding at the mouth. No external 
evidence of injury beyond the bleeding. She was brought home also. Mr. Barrett- 
Hamilton wants her skin. 


Dr. Voss proceeded to castrate one of the pups. For some reason the testes 
were very difficult to find, necessitating a deep incision and very careful dissection to 
secure them. After the organs had been drawn out preparatory to cutting them off, 
the pup drew them back into the body cavity. It took nearly half an hour to perform 
the operation and stitch up the two incisions to prevent the intrusion of sand. 
Doubtless more care was taken than absolutely necessary. 

The work was done by Dr. Voss, the island physician. The difficulty attendant 
upon it and the length of time required seemed to indicate the impracticability of 
castration on a large scale, and it was decided not to experiment on the other 11 pups. 
The castrated pup was then branded across the crown of the head fiid put back with 
his companions and returned to Lukanin. He did not seem to mind the treatment he 


had received, when the operation was over, though, he manifested a good deal of 
sensitiveness under the knife. The difficulty in the way of castration lies in the fact 
that the testes can evidently be drawn up into the body cavity at will by the animals. 
There they lie beneath muscles and in close proximity to organs that must be avoided. 
It is probable that it would be equally if not more difficult to castrate a yearling, 
and doubtless also a 2-year-old, as the testes seem not to appear in the scrotum until 
about the fourth year, and it is likely that they can be withdrawn at will even after 
they come down. Many of the old bulls show no trace of them in the scrotum, while 
others do. The pup can be handled with some degree of safety, but a yearling or 
2-year-old would be an exceedingly difficult animal to control during the operation. 


The dead cow was examined while being skinned. No trace of injury appeared under 
the skin. There was milk in the mammary glands, though it seemed to be drying up. 
The lungs were very deeply congested, pointing to the possibility of drowning. The 
heart and other organs were apparently normal. The stomach was found to be full of 
black clotted blood. One ovary shows the presence of a scar, and the horn of the 
uterus attached showed inflammation, as though recently impregnated. The other 
ovary was free from scar; its horn of the uterus enlarged as if not fully recovered 
yet from the birth of the present season's pup. Uterus and ovaries saved in formalin 
for Mr. Lucas. 

By accident it was discovered that a vicious fish bone was found sticking in the 
animal's throat. It had pierced the veins of the neck and was doubtless the remote 
if not the immediate cause of death. The throat, fish bone and all, saved in formalin 
for examination. 

In the evening I went to see the pups at the point of Black Bluff. The little 
colony of about 100 is still in a sheltered place under the cliff. They seem to make 
this a permanent home. Three of the recently branded pups from Kitovi are here. 
Another is swimming in the surf a short distance out. The pups in the surf are 
perfectly reckless, but apparently know what they are about, as none are seen to get 
into trouble. There are among the pups gray ones and black ones, small ones and 
large ones, fat ones and lean. Some look as though they are beginning to starve, 
but all are strong and active. One or two gray pups already show the brown belly 
of the yearling. 


The stormy weather of the past few days has moderated. The surf is down, but 
it is still foggy. 


I watched the pups from the point of Black Bluff. The heavy surf has filled the 
water along Kitovi Bay with seaweed. Every pup is happy because he has something 
to play with. 

Five of the single-branded pups are to-day on the rocks in the shelter of the 

cliff. Three go off into the water for a swim. They all seem as lively and playful as 

their companions. The single brand is quite as distinctive and much less hard on 

the pup. It does not mar the skin so much, perhaps, but must damage it considerably. 

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Nearly every pup in the water is playing with seaweed. It may be noted that as 
far as this goes every one of the hundred or more pups on the rocks who is awake is 
in much the same manner chewing and shaking his neighbor pup. Pups have been 
watched on many occasions playing with seaweed and never has anything been seen 
that would lead one to suppose for a moment that they ate it. 

A pup is playing with an oyster shell. He shows great skill in diving for it and 
finding it in the water. Among the pups before me is one of the 3 brand pups from 
Lukauin. The brands look pink and raw throughout their length and breadth, but 
the pup is lively, playing and diving with his companions. He soon passes along out 
of sight in the direction of the Reef. 

Eight of the single-brand pups from Kitovi are under the ledge at the head of 
Black Bluff in another place. This makes 13 in all. One strong lively pup has a 
gash about 2 inches long in his side. The wound is fresh. He sees me and takes 
to the water. 

Passing slowly along the beach the little pups, of which there are 200 or 300 on 
the rocky ledge projecting into Kitovi Bay, allow me to approach in full view of them. 
I count 11 more of the single-brand pups. One of the triple- brand pups from Lukanin 
is here also. 

Creeping up to the ledge over the place ou Kitovi where the pups were driven 
for the last branding, I find 12 of them sleeping within a short space. Three are 
lying beside their mothers on flat stones. 


The little triple-brand pup is still in the Amphitheater of Kitovi. This is evidently 
its home, and it probably regrets its expedition of that unfortunate morning when the 
first branding was done from the distant end of Lukanin. It looks very uncomfortable 
to day. 

The cows, pups, bachelors, and young bulls have overflowed from the Amphitheater 
to the flat above. The space below is fuller than I have seen it. The cows are 
seemingly in on account of the gale. 

A bull at the water's edge seizes a pup as it passes him. The little fellow fixes 
his teeth in the bull's throat. The bull drops him and the pup hurries away. These 
little fellows are absolutely fearless. They would just as soon tackle a bull as a 
fellow pup. A human being can't make them run. 

The cows have a fashion when lying on their sides of folding their flippers 
carefully over their nipples. It seems as if intended to shut out strange pups. 
Occasionally one is seen to attempt to nurse a sleeping cow. One is trying it now, 
but the cow wakes and snaps viciously. 

Four pups on the brow of Lukanin Hill have very badly inflamed backs, the 
3 brands showing raw. One cow seems unwilling to nurse her branded pup, though 
she recognizes him. She moves about uneasily. She eats pebbles as the pups do. 
At last she lies down and lets the pup nurse. 


In the afternoon a visit is paid to the Reef with Colonel Murray. The same 
rounding up and fussing over cows by young bulls is still visible. We have seen no 
copulation result. 


It is surprising how few starviiig pups are visible. It seeuis impossible that we 
should- find anything like 25,000 or 30,000 of them. We are not likely to get many 
more starved pups than trampled ones. However, it may be that, as in the case of the 
trampled pups, a close inspection will show very different results. 


The gale from the southeast, with thick fog, is still on. A visit is made to the 
point of Black Bluff to watch the pups. Four of the branded pups are in sight here 
and are doing well; at least they show no inflammation in the scars. 

On the rocky reef in Kitovi Bay is one of the triple-brand pups. His back is 
quite sore. 

Under the brow of Lukanin Hill are 8 pups of the branding of the afternoon of 
the first day that are in very bad shape. The marks of the brand throughout their 
length and breadth are raw and inflamed. -In only one, however, is there trace of pus. 
This pup looks as though it might not survive. Along the edge of the brand the skin 
has turned up and there is a line of pus. The other pups look uncomfortable, but are 
active and seem in no danger of dying as a result of the branding. 

This much is certain : If they survive this branding no one can deny that they will 
stand without murmur such a moderate brand as will answer the purpose, a brand like 
the one on the second day across the shoulders, or even three brands as deftly put on. 

For some reason almost all the badly burned pups are just under Lukanin Hill, 
where the branding was done on the afternoon of the first day. Colonel Murray says 
that the fur of those pups seemed sticky and hard to burn. 


The weather has moderated some to-day, but surf and wind are still high. On 
account of the gale yesterday I did not go out, but spent the time making extracts 
from the log. 

Just before lunch I went out to Lukanin to take a look at the branded pups. The 
pups still continue to congregate under the cliffs at the point of Black Bluff. 

On the little reef that points out into Kitovi Bay are hundreds of pups and 
yearlings. One of the single brand pups here shows his scar inflamed. This is the 
first seen. It is evident that it takes at least a week to make the burn show. Then 
the skin peels off under the action of the water. It is, however, much less 
uncomfortable than if its back had the flaying which triple-brand pups received. 

Among these pups is a cow nursing her pup. A number of other animals look 
like cows. Some of these little fools probably persist in staying away from home and 
their mothers must needs come to them. 

Under the brow of Lukanin hill are 4 of the badly burned pups. They look in 
about the same condition. One little fellow, probably the worst one of the lot, is 
nursing his mother contentedly and looks quite comfortable. She does not seem to 
mind his back. The difficulty with these pups is that the water washes out the scab 
and then the new skin growing underneath cracks as it dries. The little fellows stand 
with backs bowed up as if it pained them, as it probably does, to move. 


The cove iii front of the warehouse is full of pups. Three of them are on the 
platform of the warehouse among the boats. Half a dozen are tugging at the end of 
a big rope that hangs from a wharf. I do not see why animals that act this way 
when young can not be domesticated. 


I visited the Reef in the afternoon. Zoltoi Bluffs has an unusually large number 
of fine-looking old bulls out oil its slope. Among them also are an increased number of 
bachelors. The bluffs look very much as they used to look when we first arrived and 
when drives were still being made. 

Unusual to-day was the fact that the bulls and bachelors extended diagonally 
across between the sand dunes connecting with tlie drove hauled up on the other side 
of the neck. It was necessary to go in at the angle to-day, as hundreds of bulls would 
have been routed out by attempting to go across and along the brow of the cliff toward 
the east. 

Contrary to what has been the case for some time past, the majority of the bulls 
and bachelors were up and stirring, playing, and in some cases fighting, in the manner 
of the earlier days. The storm, which has been continuous for a week, has probably 
driven most of these animals in. 

Under the brow of the cliffs back from the sands there are hundreds of fine-looking 
pups, many of them in their gray coats. Among the pups are many bachelors, giving 
to this place which was formerly the "hospital" of Gorbatch all the appearance of 
a rookery. There were no harems whatever on this ground in the breeding season. 
Mr. Tingle, who, according to the log, estimated a rookery of 10,000 seals here, must 
have based it upon some such scene as this. The natives say that there never was a 
rookery here. Pups are out in the same way along the foot of the cliffs back from the 


There are an unusual number of cows out all along the cliff portion of Gorbatch. 
The old bulls, too, are thickly strewn about the bases and in the angles of the sand 
dunes, much as in the earlier part of the season. They look like the same animals 
returned from feeding. 

On reaching the parade ground it becomes necessary to keep in the middle of it, 
as the seals from Gorbatch have overflowed on that side and the population of the 
Reef is steadily pulling back into it from the other. For the past three weeks there 
has been a fringe of bachelors in the grass just back of the bowlder beach to the 
east. These have now pulled back at least 100 yards to the scattered rocks. It is a 
continuous line from bere to the end of the Reef hauling ground. 


Going up on the rock castle back of the Reef hauling ground the view of the Reef 
rookery becomes very interesting. The hauling ground has filled up with bachelors, 
among which are many cows and pups. Three and 4 year old bachelors are going 
through all the motions in play of the bulls in the breeding season. They brace and 
push like football players, catching one another in the throat or snapping viciously at 


the bare shank of the fore flipper, which they seem to understand to be the weak spot 
in their adversary. By twos and threes they are in constant motion. 

A few of the half bulls are rounding up imaginary harems of younger bachelors, 
but the business does not seem so real. There are still a number of fine-looking old 
bulls lying among the cows. A dozen can be counted within easy range. 

The cows are lying in all manner of positions on the flat stones because of the 
mud. An unusual number are in. I can not see any starving pups here, though 
many were seen the other day at the water's edge. It is probable that the starving 
ones do not come so far back. 

The original rookery ground is still deserted, and the main body of the seals lies 
back of Townsend's Crosses. Spread out as they are cows, pups, and bachelors one 
could easily make wild guesses about the number. There seem to be double the 
number present to-day that have been seen at any other time this season. 

On the flat plain above connecting with the brow of the cinder slope are 
straggling groups of bachelors. A greater number than usual are on the flat just 
above the cinder slope. Probably the rain of the past few days has made the slope a 
disagreeable place to stay upon. There are fewer seals on it than usual. 


About the head of the slide are 100 or more yearlings and 2-year-old bachelors, 
playing and chewing one another as at the other end of the Reef. The stream of 
bachelors extends down into the runway off' lieef Point. There are cows and pups 
among them farther down. 

The big brown bull that has been in A's place is on hand to-day, with the 
bachelors about him. Two young bulls are fighting near him. One of them seems 
very much excited and keeps up a steady roar. He remains while the other one 
withdraws. He sees me, and then watching me, keeps on roaring. He goes down 
into his old place, then goes out to meet the big brown fellow, and after a show of 
fight the big fellow moves away. The smaller bull is just in and dripping. As he 
dries he begins to look familiar, and, catching sight of his left fore flipper with its 
great scar, I recognize him at once as the original A of the slide back in his old place- 
His every action seems to proclaim that he is at home. A wet cow comes up with her 
pup and he rounds her up and talks to her. He moves about just as in the breeding 
season. This bull has not been about for at least three weeks, and he comes back 
looking as if he had been away feeding. 

The big brown bull has gone over to B's original place, just as if he recognized 
A's right to the shelf under the rock and went home. He looks as though he might 
actually be B. 

A wet cow is coming up the " slide," calling loudly. A little gray pup, very thin 
and with a starved look, wakes up from under the big rock on the south side of the 
slide. He is at the top of the cliff' and she is at the bottom, and it looks like a case 
of recognition. The little fellow sets out to climb down and slips, sliding head over 
heels to the bottom. The cow recognizes him and starts up the incline at a place 
beyond, the poor little pup after her. He has to make many trials. He looks just 
like many of the pups we have been pronouncing doomed. The cow's ears are white. 
She wanders about and settles down on the flat stone that formed part of the 


boundary of B's liarem. Her pup begins nursing eagerly. You can almost imagine 
you can see his sides inflate. 

The brown bull B starts for the rock, drives off the cow, and settles down on it. 
She wanders off and the pup after her. Presently the bull starts after another 
cow. At once the cow returns with her pup. The bull comes back and gets on the 
rock. When last seen he was lying on the rock and the cow sitting on an edge beside 
him, while the little pup stands in the mud. 

There are at least 3 freshly dead pups in the slide. In one place there are 4 
close together, all of which have died within a week. Two hopelessly starving little 
fellows are seen moving about. 

Returning by Zoltoi sands, I find that the half albino which was so conspicuous 
in the earlier part of the season is out again, wet. It looks as though these were 
home-coming days. 


I went this morning to Lukanin to see the branded pups. Search was made for 
the castrated pup, but it could not be found. 

It is evident that when you pick up a pup on a rookery you can't be certain that 
he belongs where you find him. He may belong to another rookery. At the very 
upper extremity of Lukaniu are 2 of the little single brand pups from Kitovi, and 
one of the triple brand pups taken at the upper extremity of Lukanin certainly 
belongs in Kitovi. 

A number of branded pups are in sight. The backs of some are beginning to 
heal, the scars growing narrower. Most of them still look uncomfortable, but none 
seem in danger of dying. Colonel Murray found one of the branded pups dead early 
this morning, but I have been unable to find it. He said the pup must have been dead 
ten days or two weeks, and probably died soon after the branding. 

I see one of the little fellows with a sore back nursing. His mother notices his 
back and puts her nose to it. He stops nursing with a snap as though-to prevent 
her touching it. The little branded fellows have usually one or two admiring or 
criticising or perhaps sympathizing neighbor pups looking at them and investigating. 
They snap and growl resentfully. 

It is impossible in going to the Reef to go round and over the ridge. The whole 
space is full of bulls with bachelors mixed in. In order to pass by way of the angle 
you must drive into the water 200 or 300 bulls. 


Going out over the killing ground with a view to coming in along the beach on the 
east side under the cliffs, I find a school of killers in the water, perhaps a third of a 
mile out. They are moving up toward Kitovi Point. It takes twenty minutes for 
them to get out of sight. They are moving along slowly, rising at regular intervals 
in a curve, which brings the head, then the fin and part of the back, and last the 
tail out of the water. They have a motion very similar to that of the seal, except that 
they do not rise entirely out of the water. There are 7 of them. One is a large fellow, 
bearing somewhat the same relation to the others that a bull seal might to his harem 
of cows. There is a small one, a young one probably; it is following and evidently 
playing with the big fellow. Three of the others are together and the remaining two 


are behind them. The whole lot act as if playing, and move along very leisurely. 
Occasionally a little cloud of spray is blown up. 1 should say that the fin of the big 
killer was over 2 feet long. The others are smaller, and the little fellow has a 
stubby fin. 

There is a band of a dozen seals moving along in dolphin leaps in the same 
direction and about midway distant between the killers and the shore. There are 
seals beyond the killers, before and behind them at considerable distance. There is 
no excitement among the seals, and the killers do not appear to notice them. 

The bulls and bachelors in the little cove go into the sea. There is a starved pup 
among them, which will probably be dead to-inorrow. I find another starved pup at 
the same place dead among the rocks. These are half a mile from the lieef and farther 
from Ivitovi rookery. Under a little ledge is a strong, healthy pup sleeping. He is 
evidently resting from a swim. I rap on the stone above him and he bounds like a 
rubber ball down over the rocks and out into the heavy surf. 

As I go down along the brow of the cliff there are many bulls playing in the 
water, rolling over and over and going through all the motions that the cows and 
pups show. There is a cluster of these old fellows having a good time between two 
lines of breakers, associating in perfect harmony one with another. I have noticed 
within the last few days many bulls off Gorbatch and the Eeef swimming among the 
pups, holostiaki, and cows. They are fat and satisfied. 

In the little angle just before reaching the northern termination of the Eeef there 
is an isolated harem. The bull sits among his cows and pups roaring at me just as 
he did in July, the day we finished counting this rookery. One could imagine that 
he has not left his post yet, but he is fat and sleek and it is probable that he has been 
away and has returned. He occupies an isolated position and has had no interference, 
an angle of the cliff cutting this harein off from the others. He could easily have been 
gone for two weeks and found his place vacant on his return, or he could have thrown 
out any intruder. He is a vigorous fellow. 


Occasionally in different parts of the rookeries you find a bull in some particular 
place who seems not to have left it. They are generally in isolated positions. The 
black fellow that has been for the past two or three weeks at the head of the " slide" 
is an example. 

There are more and more seals on the flat height of the parade ground. Cows 
and pups have moved back into the green flat at the eastern side on account of the 

At the mouth of the " slide " the bachelors are as yesterday. They have spread 
out over a good part of the little grassy hollow back of the mouth of the gully. 
There is a wet bull in C's place. He acts as though he owned the place, working 
industriously but ineffectually to keep out the young bachelors who are playing 
sikatchi. He drives them all far out, then comes back and lies down; but they are 
back about him in a few minutes. The wet fellow goes over to make a lunge at the 


big black fellow arid then does the same thing to A just the performance of the 
breeding season, but in a milder way. 

The bull at A is the original A without a particle of doubt. He is dry now and 
is recognizable by general appearance without his scar, but this removes any 
possibility of doubt. One would think that these old fellows knew us; they have seen 
us so often. They look up and roar. A is rounding up his cows and parading himself 
over his shelf just as in former days. 

A little gray pup, just able to move about yesterday, is now dead on A's shelf. 
The little half-starved gray pup noticed trying to find his mother yesterday is nursing 
to-day, and has filled out considerably, though he still shows the effects of his fast. 

The old black bull is lying on the rock from which he put the mother off yesterday. 
She is on another rock. 

There is a big wet bull coming up the " slide" fresh from the water. lie is in fine 
condition, and he toils up slowly. When he gets to E's place he goes over there 
roaring, routs up and smells of the sleeping cows. He then moves to the foot of the 
cliff near the big rock, roaring all the time. The black bull above gets off his stone 
and comes to the edge. They lunge at one another. The black bull goes back and the 
wet bull sits down in D's place. It seems likely that this is I) himself, and that here 
are four of these original bulls back (A, B, C, D). 

A youngish bull with a group of small cows is a short distance back of the slide. 
One cow occupies his attention. She acts as though she were coming in heat. She 
hangs to the bull's throat. He cufl's her about. She moves off, but always comes 
back and takes him by the throat. She is evidently staying of her own accord, and 
neither of them go, though I pass near them in plain sight. The bull roars defiance 
at me. 

Going back, I find along the edges and by the sand dunes the same line of bulls 
that we used to run upon in coming and going in the early part of the 'season, and 
which have been absent a month or more. One could almost think that they were 
the same lot. 

In talking with Mr. Barrett-Hamilton after returning, I find that he has noticed a 
rejuvenation in the old bulls on Zoltoi. They lunge at one another and show a good 
deal of fight. They do not run as they used to, and some of them even strongly 
resent intrusion. The bulls at the angle of the sands do not even deign to go into 
the water as 1 pass, while those on the landward side only stare, moving a little way 
to leave a passageway. There is evidently no thought of stampeding. 


I went this morning, in company with Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, to visit the Reef. 

The bulls have thinned out considerably on Zoltoi, perhaps on account of the 
strong wind blowing in here and causing the sand to drift and sift everywhere. 

Two bulls near the water's edge are in a crippled state. One carries his left fore 
flipper in a sling, figuratively speaking, while the other does not seem to have good 
control of either fore flipper, and pushes himself along on his chest. 


At the slide we find still more bulls than were present last night. The oi^e 
which came in yesterday has taken his place beside B on the flat. These two seem to 


have an understanding with each other and are combining forces to drive off two 
young bulls that persist in coming in from behind. They are unusually fat, and the 
exertion is hard on them. The bachelors are thick, and in some cases the old bulls 
try to rim them out when they get among the few cows and pups that lie about them; 
but as a rule they pay no attention. 

Between A and B is a youngish bull that looks very much like the young water 
bull that first took up his place on the slide. He is very active. A is as lively 
as ever. 

Back of A's place are three black bulls who seem to correspond to the idle bulls 
of the breeding season. The four bulls in position keep them back. 

One old bull is out in the surf with the pups, acting as though he would laud. He 
did land in a few minutes, but went away again. 

A heavy surf is coming in here. The pups are evidently afraid of it. When they 
want to land they dive under a breaker and then come in in the spent water. When 
the returning water begins to let them down on the rocks and another breaker is 
coming behind them they turn about and dive out under it, coining up in the spent 
water and swimming in as before. Sometimes they have to go through the process 
several times. The old cows take a longer time than the pups, and are decidedly 
cautious. The surf this morning is higher than I have seen it here. 

The bulls are lunging at one another and herding up the cows, just as in the 
earlier days; but all their motions are mild and lacking in the old fire. They evidently 
realize that there is nothing to fight for. 

A cow is swimming about in the surf, with a pup following her. It is evidently 
her pup. When they get separated she calls and the little fellow answers. 


On going over to the other side on the cinder slope I find that the edge of the hill 
is thickly covered with cows and pups. There is a vacant space down to the rocks 
where the hair seals lie, and beyond there is a strip of seals in an irregular belt 
running from the beach to the top, terminating in a flock of bachelors which extends 
out on the flat above. 

There are about 20 hair seals on the rocks. They take to the water as soon as 
they see us at the top. Their sense of sight must be acute. No fur seal would see us 
at this distance. Contrary to their usual custom of disappearing immediately, they 
come up, and their round heads bob up and down as they come back in a group toward 
their rocks. They do not laud, however, while we stay. The place where they have 
been lying is white with excrement like that of the sea lion. 

The bar forming Zoltoi sands has evidently increased since we came in July. It 
extends far out beyond the angle at the cliffs, and toward the village a considerable 
extent of the bowlder beach has been covered. Three pups which, when Mr. Lucas 
and I counted them, were at a distance from the sand are now, together with the rocks 
about, partially covered. Mr. Eedpath says that the ice will pack in and currents will 
be formed, carrying the sand away, to be piled up by the surf next summer. 



Iii the afternoon I go to Kitovi and Lukaniu. The usual pups are on the flat 
rocks under the point of Black Bluff. Many fine gray ones are among them. Six of 
the single branded pups are here. One has a raw wound, but seems not to be troubled 
by it. The others are dry. One has a dry scab which is somewhat turned up at the 
edges. If he went in the water it would probably peel off and leave a raw place like 
his neighbor's. It is probably the action of the salt water that keeps these wounds 
looking raw and inflamed. 

From the rocky photographic station back of Kitovi Point I can count 26 of the 
single branded pups. It was from under here that one of the pods was driven. They 
all look well. 

In the Amphitheater of Kitovi, which is fully an eighth of a mile from where the 
branding was done, and is cut off from it by a projecting cliff, is one of the single- 
branded pups. He lies beside the rock on which is the triple branded pup. The 
latter pup looks in bad shape, but it is plump and probably in no danger. He has 
evidently decided to remain at home after this, as he has been in or near this position 
for ten days. 

There are 2 old bulls swimming about in the water in front of the Amphitheater 
among the cows and pups. The pups and bachelors show no fear of the bulls in the 

From the brow of Lukanin Hill I can see the 8 pups which were scored so deeply 
in the branding of the first day. There is a decided improvement in their condition. 
Their wounds are all clean and much narrowed, showing progress in healing. They 
are dry and have lost the raw appearance. No pus is visible. The pups have evidently 
not been to the water for a few days. One of the worst looking pups is nursing its 
mother. She is looking inquiringly at his back. There is no thought of abandonment 
by the mother of the pup because of the brand. Every day one or more of the branded 
pups are seen nursing. 

The dryness of the day has probably something to do with the appearance of 
the pups. All pups look uncomfortable in the wet, the branded ones more so than 
the others. 

From the cliff lower down I can see about a dozen of the branded pups near the 
water's edge. They are all looking better, though many have sore backs. 

I notice a large number of old bulls lying on the rocks just back from the water's 
edge on the beach at the foot of the cliff. There are 23 in sight where there could not 
have been more than 3 or 4 yesterday morning, for the entire water front was then 
examined with a glass for branded pups. 

Some of the pups are already very handsome in their gray coats. Occasionally 
you see a little silvery yearling which is scarcely distinguishable from one of these pups. 

If the time of turning gray is uniform as to age of the pup, there must be a wide 
variation in the birth of pups. About one-third of the pups are fully gray; roughly 
speaking, another third are turning, showing the gray on the belly and about the nose; 
while another third are perfectly black. It is to be noted, however, that some of the 
black pups are really the largest. 

Jacob Kochuten, who has been watching the past week at S. W. Bay, brings in 
two spearheads attached to long lines which he found on the rookery there. One of 


these with two lines attached shows well the way iii which the hunters handle the 
spear. The spear shank comes loose when the spear strikes into the animal, but being 
attached at both ends to the spearhead it is dragged as a sort of a bridle in the water. 
The lines from each end of the shank unite in one line, which is fastened to the head. 
This union of the two lines is shown in the case of one of the heads. The dragging 
of the shank impedes the progress of the seal and prevents it from sinking. The 
lines have been torn from the shank. The heads were brought ashore by the seals, 
and were torn out by the catching of the lines in the rocks. 


I walked out this morning across Zoltoi and found it practically deserted. A few 
bulls are up among the rocks, but most of them are gone. The sand is sifting and 
whirling under a stiff" gale, and probably annoys the bull. 

In the afternoon I walked with Mr. Barrett-Hamilton to Tolstoi. Found a freshly 
dead starved pup washed up at the extreme upper end of the Lagoon. It must have 
been carried over from the Lagoon rookery. 

The usual line of sleeping bulls is to be seen on the sands of English Bay. The 
sandy tract of Tolstoi is wholly deserted, except for one harem-like group containing 
a bull, 3 or 4 cows, and about 25 pups. 

Along the water front are cows and pups sitting on the rocks. Among them are 
stationed at intervals a number of old bulls. A few of them are wet. In the water 
are others. Those on laud are loath to leave, and will even make a show of charging 
at you. 

The cows and pups have, for the most part, moved far up the bluif. Among them 
also are old bulls. One fellow dripping wet is perched on a stone far up the slope. 1 
count a number of old bulls and find 65 on the shore and in that part of the slope that 
can be seen from below. As the cows are alarmed at our presence, the old bulls wake 
up and bustle about among them trying to quiet them. The great pod of seals on the 
hillside, with 25 or 30 bulls in it, has all the appearance of a rookery in the height of 
the season. The bulls are bawling, roaring, and rushing hither and thither among 
the bleating cows. 

The number of weak and starving pups seems small. Mr. Barrett- Hamilton and 
I can not find more than 5 on the extent of the sandy tract, the shore front, and the 
edge of the rocky slope. The pups, to be seen everywhere, are fat, strong, and 
vigorous. It is certain that the starving pups do not congregate at the water's edge, 
and must be looked for wherever pups have been. 


I went this morning to Lukanin to look at the branded pups. 

Most of the pups seen are in good shape, except in the case of those that have 
just been in the water. The salt water has the effect of opening up the wound and 
removing the scab, leaving it raw. Those pups that have not been in the water lately 
show their wounds dry and in process of healing, while those recently in from the 
water look fresh almost as if bleeding. Three of these wet pups are seen. 

From the brow of Lukanin Hill only 1 of the branded pups watched there for a 
number of days back is visible. He is almost well; at least his back is dry and 
healing. Probably if he were to go into the water he would come back with his 


wounds freshened up. There is, however, a manifest narrowing- of the size of the 

There are 27 old bulls along the water front sleeping. 

No trace can be found of the castrated pup. A close search has not been attempted, 
but one will be made before long. Very few starving pups are seen on Kitovi and 

In the afternoon I went to the Eeef to search for starving pups. The great 
majority must be dead. Zoltoi sands are almost bare of bulls. There are more 
bachelors, many yearlings. More seals are in the water than usual. 

The hauling ground of the Eeef is full of bachelors so that one can not get down 
to rocky observation point. The rookery still maintains its appearance of the first 
week of September. 


Bull A is not on his shelf and is not anywhere to be seen. The other bulls are in 
position and G fresh arrivals are seen lying on the rocks at the foot of the slide. There 
is one gray pup plainly starving near the water's edge. He is trying in vain to nurse 
sleeping cows. 

I go down to the tip of Eeef Point and pass along the shore as far down as the 
southeast point, about three-quarters the extent of the rookery. Looked carefully for 
starving pups. Found only eighteen that could be certainly said to be starving to 
death. Four of these, large gray fellows, are knocked in the head and brought up for 
specimens. Two of them were unable to walk; none of them would have lasted over 
till to morrow. 

Many very small pups were seen along the water front, certainly born to late- 
arriving cows. They can not be more than a month old. These pups must 
undoubtedly have been born late in August. I counted over 20 of them. Similar 
pups are plentiful on the Amphitheater of Kitovi. 

Numerous old bulls are to be seen lying on the rocks just up from the water's 
edge, and many are spread all over that portion of the Eeef originally occupied by 
harems. They are even back among the cows in their present position. These bulls 
were not in the position they occupied a week ago. Some of them will stand their 
ground. I had to back out and go round one or two. Those nearest the water's edge 
go off, but those back from it simply look and roar. 


As I approached the extremity of the Eeef to the east my attention was attracted 
to two killers which were emerging from the mass of seals between the shore and Sea 
Lion Eock. The seals had parted, leaving the neighborhood of the killers, and were 
either making toward the shore or standing up in their customary stupid manner 
looking in their direction. The killers moved up in a leisurely fashion, following the 
coast toward East Landing. As they passed along the seals could be seen standing 
up and watching them. There was no evidence of stampeding among them. The 
killers were evidently feeding, as a long train of gulls were following in their wake 
and lighting at intervals. I did not see them catch any seals. 


One little pup, the only one I have seen that shows crippled condition, is lying on 
a rock; his fore flippers are badly out of order, one is stiff and the others swollen. 
He can not use them, but pushes himself about on his stomach. I saw him two weeks 
ago in a worse condition. He is evidently nourished. He has just as bad a temper as 
any of his well brethren. 


In the afternoon we killed 2 pups on the rocks at Point Warehouse for the 
examination of their stomachs. These pups had come over from the Lagoon, and 
after their swim were sleeping on the rocks. If the hundreds of pups swimming in 
the cove are feeding, it would be natural to suppose that those coming out on the 
rocks to sleep are those that have satisfied themselves. Mr. Macoun and Judge 
Crowley were present. 

The stomach of one pup contained a small quantity of thick, creamy milk. The 
milk was dotted with reddish specks, which Mr. Macouu thought might be bits of 
the little red seaweed, but contained nothing else. 

The second stomach contained more than a pint of rich, creamy milk, with no 
trace of any foreign substance in it. These pups were very large and of the oldest. 
Fortunately, they were both males. The skins will be made into specimens. 

Attached to the end of the wharf was a piece of rope about 10 feet long. Five 
pups within a few yards of us were pulling away at the loose end of this rope. They 
would swim in toward the dock and then swim out as far as the rope would go, almost 
turning somersaults when it became taut. Pups will play with anything within their 
reach. If they eat anything it is by accident. A fish head thrown to one was 
immediately seized and used as a plaything. 


I went over this morning with Judge Crowley in the whaleboat to Zapadni. 
Pups are visible in the water all the way along from Lagoon to Tolstoi. About 
midway there is a pod of upward of a hundred, with some yearlings (they might be 
cows) and one old bull among them. 

The circuit of pups is doubtless complete from Kitovi and Lukanin down to East 
landing, the Eeef, Gorbatch, Zoltoi Bay, Village Cove, Lagoon, Tolstoi, English Bay, 
and up away beyond the point above Zapadni where the watchhouse is. The water 
throughout this entire coast line is full of pups. 


Landing at Southwest Bay, Judge Crowley and I walked along the shore front 
throughout the length of Zapadni. We counted the starving pups and found only 20 
in the whole distance. There were a good many of the late small pups which I noted 
on the Reef and at Kitovi. The Judge thought they might have been born as late as 
the 15th of August. 

On Zapadui, as on the Reef, everything has drawn back high up from the original 
rookery ground. All the flats are bare. We will be able to get the greater part of 
the dead pups in our count here, but the number of recently dead ones will be small. 
Found one freshly dead pup and took him for a specimen. There seem to be fewer 
gray pups and more small pups here than anywhere else. 


The same proportion of old bulls is to be seen here, and bulls, cows, and yearlings 
are lying on the rocks at the foot of the cliff all around the point beyond the rookery. 

I talked with Judge Orowley about the possibility of fixing the sand flats on 
Zapadni. He suggested the arranging some sort of a block and tackle to pull the 
rocks from the beach up on the flat. From what he said there will probably be 
something done toward fixing these places, and also the sandy tract on Tolstoi. 

It is interesting to note that the killing ground near the watchhouse bears exactly 
the same relation as regards distance and wind to the hauling ground of Zapadui that 
the village killing ground does to Zoltoi, and in the latter case the number of seals 
killed is several times as great. It was to the beginning of killing on the shores of 
Lake Anton that Nickoli Krukof ascribed the scarcity of seals at Southwest Bay. 

A large gray pup was found imprisoned in a crevice in the rocks. lie had dropped 
down in a crack and could not possibly have escaped himself. Evidently this is the 
source of a small loss of pups. 


A heavy gale is blowing from the north. One can hardly make headway against it. 

Walked to Kitovi and Lukanin. The pups are under the cliff at the head of 
Black Bluff in about the usual numbers. The spray is driving thick over them. A 
few are in the water. Here and there one can be seen swimming along in the hollow 
between the breakers, turning and diving head first under the approaching wave, 
coming up behind it. 

It is with difficulty that one can stand on the edge of the cliff over Kitovi 
Amphitheater. The spray from the heavy surf falls over the whole slope in rain. The 
little triple-branded pup is still on a rock near his old position. He is evidently having 
a hard time with his back, but he is far from a dead pup yet. 

I see 2 of the 8 pups under the brow of Lukanin Hill. They are getting better. 
I can see a number farther down. Their wounds are dry and healing. 


The gale continues. The air is thick with flying sand, which cuts and smarts 
one's face. The force is sufficient to burrow holes in the hard street about the company 
house. The sand to the depth of a foot or more has been carried away from Zoltoi. 
There are not over a dozen seals on the Bluffs. Occasionally a sleeping bull, half 
buried in the sand, will rouse up, shaking the sand off in a cloud. 

The wind has force enough to burrow a hole right into a sand dune, and it is easy 
now to understand, after experiencing this wind, how the hollows and passageways 
among the dunes are cut out. 

This north gale is probably washing clear over Sea Lion Neck, and will wash away 
many pups on Northeast Point. It will probably be best for us to begin the count of 
pups on Monday. Nothing will be gained by waiting till the 1st, as there are very 
few dying pups, and this kind of weather reminds one forcibly of how much he is at 
the mercy of the sea on St. Paul Island. There has scarcely been a day since the Rush 
left, on September 7, when a landing would have been possible. It is needless to say 
we have seen no vessel since. 



The wind has somewhat abated, but the surf is still very high. 

I walked to Poloviua this afternoon to see this rookery, and determine, if possible, 
whether it will be advisable to begin counting on Monday morning, the 28th. The 
result of observations on Keef, Zapadni, Tolstoi, and Kitovi and Lukaniu seems to be 
that there are few pups to die within the next week. 

On the way to Polovina I counted 14 dead pups, most of them about the shore of 
Lukanin Bay, beginning at the angle of the hauling ground to the west. These have 
been washed up in the gale of the past few days. 


Among those at Lukanin Bay were two of the triple- branded pups. One of 
them seems to have been dead for some time, perhaps a week. The other was very 
fresh. Beside the second one i.s a very large, fat pup. They are all washed up above 
high- water mark, showing that they were brought in by the high surf of the past 
few days. 

I cut open the 2 fresh pups. Their lungs are deeply congested, but no other 
injury is visible. They were probably drowned. Both pups were unusually fat. The 
branded pup had nothing whatever in his stomach. The other had his stomach full 
of milk. The second branded pup was too far gone to permit of examination. It may 
have starved. 

The branded pup examined gave an opportunity to study the effect of branding 
at close range. Every particle of the surface touched by the brand was of the color of 
cured ham. There is no trace of break in the skin. I cut into the marks and found 
the wound affecting only the outer skin. Not a trace of pus was in the wound. The 
inflamed backs noticed on the branded pups are evidently not so serious as they seem 
at long range. The salt water keeps the wound free from pus and probably in the 
end helps its healing. It is now seventeen days since the branding was done and it 
would seem that the wound should be healed by this time. 


In the heavy surf from Stony Point, at intervals, lone pups were to be seen 
swimming. At Polovina the seals are found drawn far back from the original rookery 
ground, fully 200 feet from shore. There are about 25 or 30 pups under the ragged 
rocks at the angle of the hauling ground. The whole sloping basin above is empty. 
There are 5 large gray pups which will be dead in a day or two. I also see 4 
black pups in the same condition. They are late pups. One of the gray starving 
pups is blind and lies perched on a stone. When touched it rolls off the stone with a 
piteous wail, doubly helpless in its hunger and blindness. The pups back in the main 
body of the seals are large, healthy, and an unusually large number are gray; or it 
may be that the pups are turning gray faster now than before. 

There are still here, as elsewhere, many large black pups apparently as old as 
any. A very heavy surf is breaking over the low reef off Polovina. 

The tide is low and the rocks should naturally be bare, but a swift current of 
water about a foot deep is flowing over. The pups, cut off by the cliff, try to pass 
around along the beach above. They persistently strike out into the heavy surf ofl 


the reef only to be landed back into the shallow water. It is only necessary to see 
the pups handle themselves in this surf to appreciate the nonsense of the "deadly 
surf nip." 

The seals and pups on this rookery, in their present position, remind one of the 
appearance of the rookery in the breeding season. The old bulls are numerous, and 
as soon as the cows are disturbed they begin rounding them up and roaring. Along 
the shore there are others which dispute your passage with a little sbow of old-time 
vigor, but soon take to the water. 

Judging from this rookery and others visited there will be no loss in beginning 
the count Monday morning. The few pups that will die within the course of next 
week can be counted or estimated. I should not put the number on Poloviua at more 
than 50 and this estimate would be about right for the other rookeries of the same 
size. 1 


I went this morning with Colonel Murray to look up branded pups more closely. 
We drove off the seals from the part of Lukauin on which the branding was done, 
watching the pups as they went down over the rocks to the sea in order to note the 
branded ones and particularly to see if any trace of the castrated pup could be found. 
Nothing was seen of the latter. A number of branded pups were seen, and all were in 
good condition, most of their backs being well healed, some completely so. One of 
the single-branded pups from Kitovi was among the Lukanin pups, and his brand 
showed no soreness. 

A branded pup was found just on the verge of starvation. He was killed for 
closer examination. The scars on his back were in a bad condition, the skin turned 
up at the edges, and the wound being full of pus. The skin was shriveled and 
shrunken, but its bad condition was due to the fact of starvation. There was no 
vitality to carry 011 the work of repair. This pup is doubtless one of those suspected 
of starving at the time of the branding. 

After the seals had left the ground it was carefully searched for starved pups and 
branded ones. The castrated pup was not found among the dead, nor were other 
branded pups found dead. There is left but one pup whose death is unaccounted 
for. This one may have died as a result of branding, but not necessarily. Of the 
two pups found dead, one looked as if it had been drowned; the other was emaciated 
and seemed to have died of starvation. 

Going along under the cliffs and up to the face of Lukanin Hill, we found many 
other branded pups, all nearly or quite recovered from their brands. There is no 
doubt as to the spoiling of the skin by branding, and there is no doubt of the success 
of branding. 

One large gray pup, greatly bloated and unable to make any use of his front 
flippers, was found. He was full of fight, but helpless to raise his head. He will 
probably be here when we come to count the dead pups in a day or two, and we 
will then have him killed. 

1 On close inspection a very different result was obtained. A very inadequate count of the 
starving pups gave 1,500 for the rookeries of St. Paul, and it was doubtless far below the facts. 



The little branded pup belonging to Kitovi Amphitheater is not there this morn- 
ing. One of the triple-brand pups is playing among the single-brand pups farther 
down on Kitovi. Many of the single brand pups are about, none of them showing 
inconvenience on account of their burns. For purpose of identification the single 
brand is quite effective. 

There are a very large number of bachelors just below the rocks at Kitovi Point, 
which serves as a photographic station. These must be bachelors from Lukanin. 
None were here during the season and none have been on Lukanin hauling ground 
since the first branding was done there on the 2d of September. 

One of the triple brand pups is on the reef jutting out into Kitovi Bay, where 
they have been seen several times before. The usual number of pups are under the 
cliff at the head of Black Bluff. 

Going over to Lukauin this morning two killers were seen in the bay off Point 
Warehouse. They were probably feeding on the pups swimming in the water. The 
intense stupidity of the seal is never better illustrated than in connection with the 
killer. They apparently show no alarm; or when they show evidence of seeing their 
enemies, they simply stand up in the water and look. 

The high wind and surf of the past few days have quieted down. There seems 
no good reason why we should not see a cutter if it is the bad weather that has kept 
them away. No vessel of any kind has touched here since the departure of the Rush 
on September 8. We will be ready to leave here by the 1st or 2d; but who knows 
that we can do so? 


The count of dead pups was begun this morning on Zapadni, completing Inner 
Zapadni, Zapadni Reef, and Tolstoi during the day. We went over in the morning- 
by boats and had the boats pick us up on our return at Tolstoi head. 


Colonel Murray and Mr. Barrett-Hamilton with two natives went in advance and 
turned all the seals into the water, making as complete a count as possible of pups 
evidently starving and sure to die. It soon became evident that this count could not 
be made accurate or in any sense complete. But there are a number of pups which 
are very thin and which will probably be dead within a week. The count will catch 
most of these and will therefore strengthen the count of dead ones. There are no 
intermediate pups now or pups beginning to starve. There has been practically no 
sealing weather since September 8. The pups, therefore, show only two classes those 
in good condition, well fed, and those so thin and weak that they can scarcely walk. 


In order to make the count of dead as nearly absolutely correct as possible a force 

of natives was taken along. Four men in two pairs, each with a long fish line, laid 

the rookery off in narrow spaces. The pups within one space of 20 feet were counted, 

and while the advance line remained stationary the other was carried forward to 

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include another strip, which was counted in the same manner. The lines were about 
200 feet long and Outer Zapadni was split in two. Several natives were employed to 
pass along the bowlders of the water front to search out and indicate hidden pups. 
Another force under the direction of Judge Crowley marked the terminations of the 
sections and cleared out a line of pups to avoid duplication on the return count. 

The counting was done entirely by myself and Mr. Macoun, each one seeing 
personally practically all the pups counted. The total number of dead paps counted 
on Zapadni was 4,395. The total of dead pups previously counted on this rookery was 
3,095. This leaves a margin of 1,300 pups chargeable to starvation. To this should 
be added 154 doomed pups counted by Colonel Murray and Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, 
making 1,454 in all. Undoubtedly some pups have disappeared since the first count, 
but the number seemed not as great as was expected. 

It is not possible to separate the death trap areas in this count. The increase on 
them has not been great, as for the most part these spaces have been abandoned by 
the seals, which have hauler! far back beyond them, preferring the rocks to the sand 
in wet weather. It was in these sandy areas that the chief loss of pups formerly 
counted will be felt. The gale of wind lias covered a few of them with sand, and the 
passing back and forth of the seals has worn others to pieces. 

Mr. Barrett-Hamilton kindly gives me the following notes regarding pups: 

" One pup with a peculiarly deformed nose was found. The nose, which had a 
number of warty growths upon it, was preserved. 

"One pup was found blind in the left eye; one with a cut on his left flipper; one 
had the left hind flipper gone; one had a fore flipper broken. Two blind, gray pups 
were found ; they were fat and in good condition ; their mothers evidently find and 
nurse them. One pup apparently had no eyes at all; the openings were very small 
and closed up tightly. Another blind pup was seen on Zapadni Beef." 

I afterwards saw 3 of these blind pups. The eyes of 2 were white of the " moon- 
eye" type. The eyes of 1 were green, like the eyos of an angry cat. 

By Judge Crowley's direction a number of starving gray pups were killed, it 
being evident that they were doomed to die within a day or two. The skins were 
taken for museum purposes. 

Sixteen pups were found on the sands of Southwest Bay. This is considerably 
less than the number counted August 14, and some of the present ones are freshly 
washed up. 


On Little Zapadni rookery the lines were dispensed with, as the rookery is small 
and the dead pups are chiefly near the beach. Judge Crowley and I passed along the 
beach portion of the rookery, Mr. Macoun along the upper part. Natives were lined 
up at short spaces between. This placed a man at every interval of 10 feet throughout 
the width of the rookery. The dead pups were pointed out and recorded by Mr. 
Macoun and myself. Mr. Barrett Hamilton and Colonel Murray, as before, went in 
advance and drove oft' the seals, counting the starving pupS. 

The count of dead pups for this rookery gave a total of 677. It had on the 
previous count 134 dead pups. Sixty-four starving pups were counted. 



We had an excellent opportunity on Zapadni to see the effect of a clean sweep of 
the rookeries. Colonel Murray and Mr. Hamilton went along in advance and drove 
everything' off for 200 feet or more into the water. Many of the animals were back 
out of the water and hustling across the upper and undisturbed heights before those 
making the count came along. In returning for the second swath all the seals were 
driven off in advance, and before we got to them the wet seals were back and had 
again to be driven off. Looking back along the rookery we could see pups and 
cows and bulls hastening back to their places, and it is safe to say they are all back 
within an hour's time. The unusually rough sea of the past few days has probably 
given the seals out at sea but little chance to rest, and they want to sleep on land. 

An interesting feature of the present state of the rookeries is the attitude of the 
bulls. Very many, one could almost say as many as originally had harems, are back 
in or near their old places. Some of them are still thin, but many of them are full 
and plump; some very fat, scarcely able to walk. They have evidently been feeding. 
They have recovered their tempers and are to-day quite as difficult to manage as were 
the bulls at the time of the first count. While all of them will not fight, many will, 
and these you can not budge. Colonel Murray and Mr. Barrett Hamilton found it 
impossible to move many of them, and they were left for us, and we had to get around 
them as best we could: Many of them were quite as bold and dangerous as in the 
height of the season. It is probable that none of them would give ground any more 
readily to-day than in the breeding season if the cows and pups did not move away 
so readily. The bulls go with them because the crowd goes. 


On Zapadui Beef there were found a large number of pups on that portion of the 
reef which was not occupied by harems. They seem to have been washed up by the 
surf and may have come over from the big rookery. They were in some cases 
embedded in the seaweed and an overhauling of the seaweed would probably have 
disclosed more of them. A number of these pups were only skeletons washed up 
after the amphipods had cleaned them off'. These have undoubtedly been floated in 
from elsewhere. 

The number of dead pups counted here was 327. Eighteen starving pups were 
found. The number of dead is small in comparison with Little Zapadui, but this 
rookery has undoubtedly lost more than any other rookery by the washing of the 
surf. It is narrow, and the high surf breaks almost to the top of the space occupied 
by the seals. One hundred and four dead pups were counted here at the time of the 
previous count. 

There was an unusual number of bachelors out on Middle Hill and the sands of 
English Bay. The usual number of old bulls were along the water front the entire 
distance across the foot of English Bay. 

An unusually large number of seals seemed to be on land to-day, and as they were 
all turned into the water they literally made the waters of English Bay black. In 
coming down with the boats along the shore it was a most interesting sight to see the 
scampering of the seals in getting out of the way. They seemed not to be frightened 
over it, but they would leap out of the water in every direction, only to close in 


behind tlie boat almost immediately. They followed the boat, coming up elose to it, 
sometimes striking the oars. Their every action shows that they feel entirely at 
home in the water. 

The sands of English Bay, where 232 pups were counted as washed up by the 
surf, gives to-day only 172. 


The sandy tract of Tolstoi was first counted, the lines being used as on Outer 
Zapadni, dividing the rookery into two sections. The sandy tract and the beach 
above gave 1,717 pups. About 1,400 were counted here originally. The bowlder 
bluffs above, where the seals are at present located, gave 463 pups. There were 209 
on the beach under the cliffs. This part yielded 116 on the former count. The 
percentage of dead pups on narrow beach lines like this exposed to the action of the 
surf is smaller. Doubtless they are washed away from STich places in greater 
numbers. One hundred and ninety one starving pups were counted for Zapadni. 

Though every cow, bull, and pup on the rocky slope of Tolstoi had been driven 
into the water when making the count of dead pups, before we had reached the green 
cliffs the sands were covered, the wet animals distributing themselves over their 
grounds again. It is nonsense to suppose that if the seal is driven off the rookery 
he will not come back. 


While the seals were being driven from the rocks above the sand flat a large 
stone was rolled down upon 2 large, fine-looking pups, killing them. These pups, of 
course, were not counted as starved. The stomachs of both were full of milk. 

Just at the upper edge of the sand tract, where the rocks begin, a gray pup was 
found imprisoned in a crevice under two overarching rocks. There wa^ a small hole, 
through which his nose protruded, but it was entirely too small for his body. He 
vas dug out and released. It was found that he had crawled in at the bottom, and 
the hard wind of the past few days had drifted and packed in the sand in such a 
Vay that he could not get out. It took the men five minutes to dig the way, as that 
was the only way of getting him out. He fought, bit, and chased his benefactors in 
true seal fashion when he got out and scolded constantly during the process of 

Under the cliffs a little pup was found wedged in between two rocks. The surf 
had evidently moved a heavy stone up on him while asleep. The stone jammed out 
one of his eyes and held him a prisoner. The eye and socket was rotting, as was also 
his side, which was pinched. Life still lingered in the animal. It was killed. It is 
evident that being crushed between the rocks is the cause of a certain percentage of 
the deaths of pups. 

Had an opportunity to-day to observe the testes in a number of bulls, among 
others those which showed strong inclination to fight. In some they were visible; 
in others they were not. This has been the result of all observations so far. As a 
rule, when lying down the 4-year-olds and half bulls show the testes more uniformly 
than the other bulls. 


My opinion now is that the testes are under the control of the animal to a certain 
extent and can be drawn up into the body. Though one can not be sure of it, it is 
probable that they are drawn up when the animal walks about. They show most 
plainly when he is lying down. On one occasion a bull was seen which showed no 
trace of testes in one position, while upon rolling over they were plainly visible. 


The wind began to freshen a little, and it was thought best to get Sivutch 
Rock out of the way while the landing was good. Arrangements were therefore 
made for a boat from East Lauding to meet us on the Beef at 10 o'clock and take 
us over. 


Immediately after breakfast counting was begun on Zoltoi sands. On the sands 
we found 27 of the 33 pups counted there previously. Some of these were freshly 
washed up, but it shows that the percentage of loss even on these places is not large. 
Not more than a dozen of these pups would have been found, however, if it had not 
been for the high wind of the past few days, which drove off the sand that had for a 
week covered them. 

No attempt was made to separate the pups as to parts of the rookery. There 
were found to be on Gorbatch, exclusive of the sand beach at Zoltoi, 1,851 pups; 
including the 27 on Zoltoi, 1,878 in all. The previous count was 712. One hundred 
and thirty-four starving pups were counted on Gorbatch. A few additional pups 
belong to this rookery on account of removals for dissection, but it was decided to 
simply add to the total of dead pups the number of dissected pups. One hundred 
and fifty will cover pups removed for all purposes from the rookeries after the first 
count and before the second. All pups opened for dissection on the rookeries have 
disappeared. These pups have been reduced to skeletons by the gulls or carried oft 
by the foxes. 

Two blind pups were noticed in the progress of the count; one thin and starving, 
the other fat and healthy; the eyes of both white "moon eyes." One pup was killed 
by jumping off a cliff while the starving pups were being counted. A living pup and 
afterwards a cow were found imprisoned in crevices in the rocks. They were both 
released by noosing them and drawing them to the surface. The cow seemed very 
stiff; the pup showed no injury, and was, as usual, ready and willing to bite every one. 

It is evident that in this imprisonment of animals there is a considerable 
percentage of loss. These two instances show another way in which the rookeries 
can be improved. A force of men should be taken over them and cracks and seams 
of this sort should be filled with rocks. A heavy sledge to break in the edge would 
be the thing. The ledges of rocks at the Sea Lion Point of Gorbatch contain many 
crevices, which would be death traps should seals or pups fall into them, as they are 
deep and narrow and the animals could not extricate themselves. 


The slide was counted next and found to contain 78 dead pups. There was one 
cow which was not noted in the previous count. Eight starving pups were counted 


Before beginning the count of Reef rookery we went over to Sivutch Rock and 
counted the dead pups there. A total of 284 was found, and 31 starving pups. Mr. 
Lucas's area on the slide, which he marked by outlying stones, and which contained 
33 cows and 4 pups, was measured roughly and found to contain 256 square feet. 

A beginning was made on the Reef and it was completed in the afternoon. 
A total of 2,786 dead pups was found on this rookery and 300 starving ones. 

The old bulls were again conspicuous. Many of these animals proved very 
difficult to move, and some of them could not be moved, discretion on our part being 
the substitute for valor. 


The return of the seals to the rookery was well illustrated by their action on Reef 
rookery. Mr. Barrett-Hamilton and Colonel Murray had driven about half the seals 
off the Reef before we got through counting Gorbatch. Instead of beginning at once 
to count the Reef we went over to Sivutch Rock. When we got back all the seals 
and pups were in their places. They were again driven off. We left the rookery for 
dinner, and on returning an hour afterwards the seals were everywhere in their old 
positions. They were driven again into the sea as our count progressed, and when we 
reached the northern end of the rookery, completing the count, the seals for more 
than two-thirds of the rookery space were settled back on the ground as if nothing 
had happened. 

In the afternoon the seals were back on Gorbatch in as great numbers as ever and 
in their old positions. Even the two long, tongue like masses which run up the cinder 
slope were reproduced and one could not tell that the seals had been disturbed. For 
some reason the seals want to be on land just now and are very reluctant to be driven 


After finishing the Reef we went over in a boat and counted the Lagoon rookery. 
Here a total of 316 dead pups were found; 78 were counted here in August. The 
count of starving pups was 51. 

The shank of a pelagic sealing spear was found in three pieces on the Lagoon and 
brought in. It is probably the handle of one of the spear heads recently found at 
Zapadni. The seal probably broke loose from the towing shaft in the bay, making 
her way to Zapadni, the shaft floating in to be thrown up by the surf on Lagoon 

To-day the watchmen of Southwest Bay brought in the skin of a cow which had 
been struck with a spear in the left shoulder. The head pierced the shoulder, but 
pulled out. The cow was alive on the rookery, but helpless. She was killed. The 
wounded seal probably tries at any cost to get home. 

During the afternoon there were a number of snow squalls, one of considerable 
violence, lasting for half an hour, which would have put an end to the counting of the 
day had not the sky cleared and the sun quickly melted the snow. It has resumed 
snowing again since dark and it may not be possible for us to continue the count on 
Northeast Point to-morrow morning, as intended. 

In our count to-day we used the lines and searched the outskirts of the rookerios 
for stragglers. The count is almost absolutely correct for carcasses identifiable. All 


carcasses, with few exceptions, were seen by either Mr. Macoun or myself, and in most 
cases by both. 

Mr. Macoun suggests that in his judgment not more that 20 per cent of the former 
count of pups have disappeared. We will leave the matter open until the count is 
complete, but so far as I can judge 20 per cent would be ample to cover the loss. 


A start was made this morning at 6 o'clock for Northeast Point in two buckboards 
to make the count of dead pups there. Although the ground in the village was pretty 
well covered with snow, the day looked favorable, and fortunately the snow did not 
extend above Poloviua. If any snow fell at Northeast Point, it was very light. 


We arrived at Northeast Point at 9 o'clock, and began counting on the east side 
off Webster House. One hundred and forty dead pups were found on the first point 
and the little beach beyond. Only 32 pups were found on Sea Lion Neck. There were 
10 on the sands off Walrus bight. Five hundred and forty-three were found in the 
patch about the rock pile just past the bight. On the point where the sea-lion 
rookery is located there were 225. From here to a line with the eastern angle of 
Hutchiuson Hill there were 1,441. On Hutchinson Hill, the beach below it, and to the 
end at the sands west of Cross Hill were 1,872, the total for Northeast Point being 
4,263. Four hundred and thirty starving pups were counted. There were 2,293 in 

. Doubtless Sea Lion Neck has lost more pups in proportion between the two counts 
than any other rookery ground through the tremendous surf of the last few days, 
which evidently washed across the Neck. 

Three pups were found imprisoned in a narrow fissure in the rocks. They were 
noosed and drawn out with difficulty. One or two pups were injured, and possibly 
others killed, by jumping from steep cliffs. The work of the present count is being 
done with the utmost thoroughness, in the hope that it may never have to be done 
again. It does the seals no good to be thus driven off, no matter how carefully the 
work is done. 


Several cows have been found during the work of counting which seem to be 
paralyzed with fright. They lie on the rocks as if in a fit, their bodies twitching, 
their eyes rolling, their necks stiff', and heads thrown far back. They are perfectly 
helpless, and can not be induced to move. We have not been able to find them in 
their places an hour or so afterwards, and it is probable that they recover. Two of 
these cows were to-day seen on Northeast Point and others were seen on other 

A heavy surf was breaking on Northeast Point and the seals were very much 
averse to going into it. They got out immediately and resumed their places. 

Everything was driven off' the slope of Hutchinsou Hill and the count finished at 
noon. Lunch was eaten on the top of the hill, and by the time it was over, about 
fifteen minutes, hundreds of seals were back and the vanguard were at the highest 
point on the hill. 


Ouly one or two sea lions were seen about the rookeries of these animals. 

Colonel Murray and Mr. Hamilton report the number of bulls on the sand beach 
below Cross Hill to be about 1,800. Only 50 of the 430 starving pups were counted 
for Hutchiuson Hill. This is far too low, but it is impossible on wide spaces of rookery 
ground to make the seals go slowly enough to make a full count of the starving. The 
chief value of this count will lie in the fact that it is under, not over, the facts and 
can not be disputed. 


The work at Northeast Point was finished at 2.30, and we immediately started for 
Polovina. Little Polovina was counted first, and 119 pups found. Twenty-two 
starving pups were noticed by Colonel Murray and Mr. Hamilton. 

Another of the paralyzed cows was found on this rookery. She lay quivering, 
rolling her eyes and frothing at the mouth. Poked and rolled over, she made no 
effort at resistance or escape. In half an hour she was gone. The pups and cows 
were lying far back from the rookery proper on the flat. The number of cows out on 
the rookeries at this particular time is very great. All the rookeries are alike in this 
respect and the cows on all show a uniform disposition to stay on land at any hazard. 

Under the cliffs of Polovina 180 dead pups and 12 starving ones were counted. 


On the main rookery 1,375 dead pups were counted and 43 starving ones. A 
number of pups dropped over a steep cliff and 4 were stunned and apparently killed 
on the rocks below. All but one, however, recovered in five minutes sufficiently to 
make their way slowly into the water. One was so badly injured that he was killed. 
His stomach was found to contain milk only. 

The natives show an exasperating stupidity in their actions when dealing with 
the seals. They will follow them right out to the edge of the cliff, with a view to 
turning them back, and make them all go over. They do not seem to have any horse 
sense. You can't make them understand by calling unless you talk through the 
chief. They stand and stare or else keep right on till the mischief is done. 


On returning from Northeast Point the Bear was discovered steaming over from 
St. George. This is the first vessel we have seen since the Rush left on September 8. 
On going aboard in the evening it was found that for some reason the Grant and all 
the rest of the fleet had pulled out of the sea on September 20. Captain Tuttle had 
instructions simply to take us off when ready and laud us at Unalaska. But there is 
no vessel leaving Unalaska, and our only chance to get away will be to wait till the 
Bear goes down on the 25th of October. We may as well remain on the islands, 
where we can continue to make observations. 

Captain Tuttle lauded a boat's crew under charge of a lieutenant and is to leave 
another on St. George. He wished to sail for St. George at midnight, but kindly 
consented to wait until to morrow noon for us to finish the count on Lukauin and 
Kitovi, taking us with him to make the count on St. George. 


On returning from the Bear at 10 o'clock the wsike of the boat and the water 
raised by dipping oars was luminous with phosphorescence. Several seals were seen 
to rise in the water of the cove to look at the boat, and to dash away, leaving a 
luminous streak. One came up so close to the boat as to be struck by an oar. 


The weather turned stormy in the night, and. no communication with the Bear 
could be had. 

The rookeries of Kitovi and Lukanin were counted immediately after breakfast. 
Kitovi furnished a total of 609 dead pups and 42 starving ones. Lukanin gave a total 
of 579 dead and 27 starving pups. 

This closes the count of dead pups for St. Paul, and from the appearance of the 
weather it is in good time. 

A gray pup and one cow were killed to day ; the pup to throw light on the question 
of feeding, the cow to get the uterus for examination. 

Coining home from Ice House Lake this morning, I found a starving pup which 
had probably swam up the lagoon from the rookery on the Keef. It crawled out of 
the water and lay down exhausted on the beach. It had not strength enough to take 
to the water on seeing me. Killed it to end its misery. 

The cow and pup killed for examination were found lying together, and it is thought 
that they were mother and pup. 

Made the following measurements of the cow, following Dr. Stejneger's methods: 


Total length (to root of tail) 4 

Nose to outstretched hind feet 5 

Nose to armpit 2 

Nose to eye 

Nose to ear 

Distance between eyes 

Length of ear 

Ft. in. 

Distance between tips of outstretched fore 

limbs 3 11 

Girth of neck behind ears 1 5 

Girth over the shoulders 2 8i 

Girth behind fore limbs 2 5 

Girth in front of hind limbs 1 8 

Weight, 73 pounds 10 ounces. 

Distance between ears 8 MEASUREMENT OF LARGE GRAY PUP. 

Length of longest mustache bristle 4 Tip of nose to end of tail (root of tail) 2. 10 

Length of fore limb (to angle of body) 1 3| j Tip of nose to fore flippers 1 7 

Width of fore foot 5 Length of fore flipper :1 7 

Length of hind limb 1 4 j Hind legs 9 

Width of hind foot at tarsus (extended) .. l (% ' Tip of nose to front angle of eye 4 2 

Width of hind foot at end of toes (ex- Tail 


Girth behind fore flipper 

Average length of toe flap 10 

Length of tail 2i j Weight, 33 pounds 10 ounces. 

The skins of cow and pup were saved for museum specimens. 

The stomach of the cow was opened, and contained nothing save a few of the 
common worms. The uterus and ovaries were saved in formalin for Mr. Lucas. 

The uterus of the pup, which was also a female, was saved. The stomach of the 
pup was full of milk. It contained also a small piece of seaweed and two small 
Crustacea. These were put in formalin for further study. This is the first trace of 
marine life found in the stomach of a pup. It is to be remembered that they occur in 
a stomach otherwise full of milk. 

1 Not extended, 4 inches. 2 Not extended, 4i inches. "To fur, 11 inches. ^Eye, 1 inch. 


Three "killers" are seeu passing along the side of the reef in the direction of 
Otter Island. There is no special commotion among seals. They are evidently 
feeding, judging from the gulls alighting in their wake. 

It is plainly not true that all the pups turn gray. Many are now in color exactly 
like the yearlings the brown ones. These pups are just as large and sometimes 
larger than the gray ones. There is just the same distinction in the pups as in the 
yearlings, and, for that matter, the cows themselves individuality of color. 

The count for St. Paul Island being completed, after discussing the situation it was 
agreed between Mr. Macoun and myself that 20 per cent would cover the loss of pups 
included in the count of August and not recognizable in the count just concluded. 

The count of starving pups includes only those weak, emaciated, and plainly 
about to die, and was made by Colonel Murray and Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, assisted by 
Jacob Kochuteu, a native. The count is necessarily only approximate arid is an 
underestimate rather than an overestimate. 


It has been impossible to get on board the Bear. The weather continued rough 
and stormy with no lauding through Friday and Saturday. The Bear still keeps 
her anchorage off the village cove. It is impossible to get out to the rookeries on 
account of the weather and also because of the necessity for getting off the moment 
the sea goes down enough to permit sending out a boat. 


There being a landing this morning, Colonel Murray, Mr. Barrett-Hamilton, Mr. 
Macoun, and myself went aboard the Bear with our baggage. The ship steamed 
immediately for St. George Island, and landed us at 4.30. 

A boat's crew in charge of Lieutenant Hooker of the Grant was also put ashore. 
These boat's crews are landed for the defense of the rookeries in the absence of the 
cutters from the sea. 


As the weather was very uncertain and the captain very anxious to get back to 
Dutch Harbor, it was thought best to send Treasury Agent Judge and Mr. Barrett- 
Hamilton to count East and Little East rookeries. Colonel Murray was left to obtain 
the statistics of the killings on St. George. Mr. Macoun and myself set out for 
Zapadni rookery at 6 o'clock, counting that rookery, Staraya Artel, and North on our 
way home, arriving at 1 o'clock. East and Little East having been counted and the 
other work done, we went at once on board the ship, leaving Mr. Barrett Hamilton on 
the island to be picked up later with the lieutenant and boat's crew. 

The count of dead pups on St. George was a surprise and extremely unsatisfactory. 
But one whole pup carcass was seen by me. This was on Zapadni. Mr. Barrett- 
Hamilton afterwards reported one from East rookery. The skeletons, skins, or skulls 
were all that could be recognized. The foxes, which were numerous, furnish the 
explanation. They have long since eaten up the earlier dead pups and are apparently 
disposing of the starving pups as soon as they die. In one case appearances seem to 
indicate that a pup had been eaten into while still alive but too weak to escape. The 
carcass was warm and the blood fresh. 


The foxes on all the rookeries were right in among the seals eating carcasses there 
or preparing to haul them out. The greater part of the carcasses found were off the 
present location of the rookeries, at places to which they had been dragged and eaten. 

On Zapadui 4 foxes were seen. There were 7 on Staraya Artel and 9 on Xorth. 
They were not counted on East and Little East, but reported as "very numerous and 
bold.'' Three of the foxes seen were white. The foxes of St. George are much larger 
and finer looking than those on St. Paul. They evidently feed better. 


On Zapadni the remains of 527 pups were counted. The former count for this 
rookery numbered 199. Three natives assisted in the count, pointing out scattered 
pups. . As close watch as possible was kept for starving pups, but only 4 were seen. 
The difference in time is probably sufficient to account for the small percentage of 
starving pups. The rookeries of St. Paul would to-day show as dead nearly, if not 
quite, all those counted as starving. 

Zapadui rookery has a fine lot of pups. The number of gray pups is, however, 
very small. Most of the pups seem to have turned the color of the little brown 
yearlings without passing through the gray state. In fact, the gray pups are 
beginning to look so much like the little silvery yearlings that it seems probable the 
gray pups are the silvery yearlings and the others are the brown yearlings. 

The rookery, as a result of the rain, is as filthy as a hogpen. The seals are 
drawn back on the clayey hillside away from the rocks. They seemed loath to go 
into the water, though a bath would have been good for them. A few went in and 
the water became colored like the hillside. But it took so long to put them in, that 
we went about them and drove them back up the hill. They immediately resumed 
their places in the dirt of the hillside. It would have been impossible to stampede 
them. For some reason the seals at this time are adverse to going into the water. 

The seals now spread over the entire hill slope. They extend back in a long, 
narrow strip, following the ridge of rocks in the hollow at the foot of the hill. None 
are now to be found on the shingle of the beach. A tongue like mass of breeding 
seals runs out along the ridge in a depression at the foot of the hill and is joined by 
a crowd of bachelors which extend out into the high grass. At two other points in 
the rear of the rookery the bachelors are hauled far out. In some cases they are out 
to the limit of the seal grass supposed to mark the original extent of the rookeries. 
Their track is narrow, but well defined by the beating down of the grass. A larger 
number of seals would soon denude the whole space. 

From a consideration of the conditions here and at Staraya Artel, and the similar 
conditions on St. Paul, I am inclined to believe the grass area can be trusted only to 
show the former extent of the ground traveled over by the seals. This area bears no 
direct ratio to the size of the herd. Doubling the present size of the bachelor herd 
would cause greater proportionate diminution of the grass-grown area. Where 
bachelors are now to be found they are at the extreme limit, in the edge of the grass. 
AS the grass becomes beaten down they move on. Each move extends the area 
occupied this year, while the ground behind is unoccupied. 

1 For a summary of the counts of starved and starving pups on both islands see Volume I, pp. 213 
and 214. 



On Staraya Artel 10 bachelors were lyiug far out and up the hill, at the outer 
limit of the area, which we remarked as being ten times the present area of the 
rookery. These bachelors had cut a narrow baud or way through the grass-grown 
area to the outer limit. The space behind the rookery in the earlier part of the 
season occupied by idle bulls is now covered with the cows and pups of the rookery. 

That certain areas on the breeding grounds are bare in the breeding season does 
not mean that this unoccupied territory is all recently abandoned rookery ground. 
As a matter of fact the backward movement of the seals at this time of the year 
covers all this ground. On the Eeef rookery of St. Paul fully an acre of grassy plain 
of the parade ground has been occupied by the cows and pups to such an extent as 
to beat down and kill the grass. 

The grass-grown areas of the hauling ground merely represent the area once 
trampled over by the seals, the roaming bands of bachelors, and the grass-grown 
extension of the rookeries represents ground once occupied, when the herd was larger, 
by the backward movement of the animals late in the season, as the bare areas now 
represent the ground at present occupied by this movement. 

The bachelors are extremely few on St. George just now, and the same is true of 
St. Paul. 

On Staraya Artel rookery 194 dead pups were counted in a similar condition to 
those on Zapadni. Only 3 starving pups were seen. The same disinclination to 
go into the sea was noticeable here. After driving the seals off the upper half of 
the hill and counting it, we simply went below and turned the greater part of them 
back up the hill to their former location. 


On North rookery 145 carcasses only could be found. Here the loss between the 
two counts becomes striking. Two hundred and fifty pups were originally counted 
here. Seven starving pups were noticed on this rookery. 

The pups on the rookeries of St. George were a fine lot, the majority of them as 
large as the yearlings seen about the rookeries of St. Paul. 

It was on North rookery that Colonel Murray did the branding. Mr. Macoun 
and I watched closely for the result. Eighteen of the 62 branded pups were counted, 
one with one brand, one with two bars, and one with three bars. 

We saw 2 of the 9 branded cows 1 full grown cow, evidently with a pup, and 1 
small cow probably a virgin 2-year-old. Each cow had 5 distinct brands on her 
back, and there could be no mistake as to the spoiling of the skin. The wounds on 
cows and pups alike were perfectly healed and the animals showed no bad effects. 


Only 15 dead pups were found on East rookery where 112 were counted by Mr. 
Lucas in August. On Little East 16 were found out of 31 in August. Four starving 
pups were seen on East and 1 on Little East rookeries. Treasury Agent Judge and Mr. 
Barrett-Hamilton made the count. The foxes were very numerous in the neighborhood 
of these rookeries. Only 1 whole pup carcass was found, and the pups were busily 
eating that. The count had to be based upon skulls and fragments. 

It is likely that the foxes on the east side are more numerous, at least more so in 
proportion to the supply of pups. It may also be that there are fewer starved pups 


on these rookeries. This condition might also apply to North rookery. If the cows 
on these rookeries feed to the eastward, they may not have been so heavily drawn 
up by the sealers as the cows on the western rookeries, which would undoubtedly go 
west and mingle with the large herds of St. Paul. 

The bulls are present in numbers on the rookeries of St. George, as if freshly 
returned from feeding. Much excrement of a brownish color and also of the color of 
putty is present in the rookery grounds. 

A good deal of chalk-like excrement is to be seen, as if seals had been feeding on 
the same things the sea lions are wont to eat. On Zapudni, of St. George, very near 
together were seen a number of great splashes of yellow excrement such as cows and 
bulls frequently void when excited, and especially when stampeded into the water. It 
was noticeable simply by reason of the nearness together of a number of instances. 
Probably a number of seals had been feeding on the same material. 

On /apadni three patches of spewings were seen near together which contained 
numerous squid beaks and eyes. Mixed with the stuff was some dark reddish sub- 
stance like the supposed red seaweed found in the pup stomachs. Perhaps the squid 
were caught in the seaweed and portions were swallowed with the food. Near by was 
another spewing containing fish bones and undigested flesh, probably of pollock. 

Noticeable about the pups of Zapadni of St. George is the small number of gray 
ones, or rather the small number of pups which have not turned gray, or else have so 
modified their coats as to have much the same appearance as the brown yearlings. 

The Bear held its anchorage through the gale of the night, having to let out 
80 fathoms of anchor chain to do so. The wind was down in the morning a little, and 
a boat was sent ashore with some baggage, and for the mail. 

At 6 o'clock we started for St. Paul, Captain Tuttle having kindly consented to 
run over to that island. There being no prospect of getting home by any other 
vessel than the Bear, I thought best to spend the intervening time on St. Paul. 
Mr. Macoun decided to do the same thing. Colonel Murray remained on the Bear to 
go to TJnalaska. 

The Bear arrived at St. Paul at 1U.30, and without coining to anchor put us off 
at Gorbatch, no one in the village having noticed the ship, and consequently no 
signal being set to show that the village landing was good. 

The Bear will return for Lieutenant Hall and his boat's crew about October 20. 
He will then take us down to Seattle. 


It rained all day yesterday and has rained so far to-day. A very heavy surf is 
running in at East Landing. 

Went out in the afternoon to Kitovi to see the pups. None were about the point 
of Black Bluff, and no wonder, for the surf is breaking over the shelf on which 
they sleep. 

One of the single brand pups was visible on the rocks in the bay. Two of the 
double-brand pups were there. They are in good condition. The heavy surf has 
driven everything on shore at Kitovi and Lukanin. 



Went this afternoon to visit the Keef. While watching the bulls and bachekrs 
in the little cove across from Zoltoi, I saw the whole lot start up in great fright for 
no other reason than that an extra heavy wave made a noise which awakened two or 
three. They jumped up and the whole flock nearly stampeded. In a few minutes 
they were again sleeping or engaged in playing with one another. 

The testes of the bulls show in exactly the same manner as in September. In 
some they show distinctly, in others not at all, depending upon position. In nearly 
all they show somewhat if the animal is lying in a position of relaxation. When the 
animals first lie down they do not show. In 4-year-olds the testes show more 
uniformly than in the older bulls. 

From the top of the cliff's I watched the seals swimming back and forth in the 
water. There seems to be a constant interchange between Kitovi and the lleef past 
East Landing. 

One big bull was seen passing slowly along at the foot of the cliff'. In the clear 
water he was diving to the bottom and plainly searching along, just as pups do. As 
a rule the bulls in the water seem only to be playing, or just taking a bath. This 
fellow seemed to have a purpose. 

From the rock pile above the Reef it is interesting to see that notwithstanding all 
the disturbance and confusion created by the count on this rookery a week ago it has 
resumed the exact shape it had before the count was made. The seals must have a 
very definite sense of locality. 

Three killers, apparently the same crowd, are passing along the Eeef in the 
direction of Otter Island. This seems to be their regular beat. There is no special 
commotion among the seals. The killers are evidently feeding, as the usual flock of 
gulls are hovering and lighting in their wake. 


The slide is about as usual. Only 3 cows and no pups are on the flat above the 
mouth. One starving pup is visible. The pups here are very large, many almost 
seem larger than the yearlings. It is evident that many of these pups are not to turn 
gray at all. In all likelihood certain black pups develop directly into the brown 
yearlings and that the gray pups become the silvery yearlings. 


This morning at breakfast the new chief, Nickoli Grumof, reported that a killer 
had come in almost to the wharf at the Point Warehouse after pups. He came in on 
a great roller, and came very near getting stranded. At one time he was more than 
half out of water. 

In about an hour the chief brought up the half-eaten carcass of a pup which had 
been attacked by the killer. The hinder part of the pup was entirely gone. The head 
was severed, except for the wind pipe, which united it to the body. The skin was 
stripped off 7 from the body, but remained attached to the head. The vital organs were 

Judge Crowley and 1, accompanied by Apollon Bordukofsky and Karp Buterin, 
went this morning to Lukanin to try to get some pups for the examination of their 


stomachs. We could not find any that gave evidence of being recently in the water, 
and came back to try at the Point Warehouse, but the pups have ceased to land there. 
Though we did not get pups, our trip had an important result. While watching 
the pups off Lukanin cliffs a number of the branded pups were pointed out to Apollon 
and Karp. Apollon said, ' I thought all them pups die, boss, that's sure; but they 
just as lively as ever." He went on to say that all the natives believed that the branded 
pups had died. Both men seemed pleased to find the pups all right. As many 
as 20 of the pups were pointed out. Judge Crowley is going to have some of the 
older men among the natives brought over to see the pups. The purpose of the 
branding was explained to them. This feeling on the part of the natives explains 
their sulleimess and indifference at the last branding. 


Went down under the cliff on the east side of Reef neck and crept up on a sleeping 
bull, getting within C feet of him. His testes were plainly visible. Aroused by a 
pebble, he raised his head and the testes partially disappeared. Roused again, he 
showed considerable alarm. In a few minutes he quieted down, though still standing 
up. He began scratching his neck with a hind nipper. The testes had entirely 
disappeared and the scrotum was nothing but a fold of wrinkled skin. The animal 
was now in the position he would occupy when standing. The bull lay down again 
presently, and in the course of twenty minutes the testes were visible as at first, the 
animal having become perfectly composed. 

It is evident that when the animal was thoroughly aroused and preparing to move 
away, if necessary, he drew the testes up in the body, and this is probably the regular 
thing when the animal is in motion. 

A big bull in fine condition landed while I was watching the above bull. He 
came in very slowly, rubbing his neck and nose on the stones as he went along; acted 
as if tired; looked like an animal that had been feeding and had come in to rest- 
As soon as the sleeping bull saw him he began to growl; the incoming bull returned 
his growl, but as he approached, the dry bull got out of his way. The newcomer took 
the vacant place with a satisfied air as if he owned it. This bull showed no trace of 

I passed down along the beach and watched 6 other bulls, 2 of which afforded an 
opportunity for observation, with practically the same results. 


There were only a few seals on Zoltoi this morning. Within the past few dnys 
Judge Crowley has had one of the sailors patrol the east side of the Reef looking for 
killers and he has taken a short cut across the hauling ground on his way home. 

However, among the few seals out is the albino bull which has been noted here 
so often. He has evidently been away for the past week or two. 

A school of killers were seen passing up along the east side from the direction 
of Sivutch Rock, their usual course. The customary flock of gulls followed them, 
lighting and feeding at intervals in the water. 



Opposite East Lauding the killers stopped and began swimming about in various 
directions. Then they rounded up and began playing or something that seemed like it. 
They went about in a small compass of water making it boil and foam. Occasionally 
one of the small ones would jump entirely out of the water, much as a seal might. 
They kept up this performance for half an hour and then moved back toward the 
south. They were just out of range and could not be touched with the rifle. 

Nickoli Krukof said that the killers had rounded up a flock of seals and were eating 
them. Seals were all the time passing unconcernedly to and fro along the shore. 


Went out on the Eeef again in the afternoon with Karp and Apollou. The killers 
were to be seen passing the western side of the Eeef from the direction of Zoltoi Bay. 
One of the sailors shot several times at them, though out of range, and it apparently 
frightened the animals, for they swam quickly away. They appeared again off Sivutch 
Rock to the east later 011 and had another tournament or round-up in the water. 


The killers are evidently about the islands every day, and the number of pups and 
cows they eat must be large. Two instances are said to be on record where the animals 
were taken. One had L8 and the other 21 pup carcasses in their stomachs. 1 Of course 
it is not known how often they feed, but they seem to be at it all the time, judging 
from the frequency of their appearance within the past few days. 

If a boat's crew is to be continued on the islands, they should be armed with guns 
that can reach these animals and equipped with a boat that will enable them to be 
hunted with safety in fair weather. 

I walked most of the length of the Eeef with Karp and Apollon. Saw no starving 
pups among the thousands' of pups along the water's edge. There were 300 of these 
pups when the count was made on September 29 and they have evidently all died 
since. There is apparently no new crop of starved pups coming in to take their places. 
But remembering how different were appearances and fact in the inspection prior to 
the count, no great reliance can be placed upon this. 

The pups are very strong and active. They seem in every way quite as capable 
of taking care of themselves in the water as the yearlings are. They certainly have 
more blubber to work on. It would seem as if the pups were storing up a supply of 
this article with which to stand out any period of fasting which may result in the 
transition from milk to fish diet. 

A cow was started up on the Reef which acted as if b^nd, though her eyes seemed 
all right. She plainly did not see. When touched she ran stumbling and falling over 
rocks until she was well up into the parade ground. Then she lay down and would 
not move. She went into much the same state as did the cows seen on Northeast Point 
and Little Polovina a sort of cataleptic fit. In the course of fifteen minutes she got 
up and slowly stumbled back to the rookery. Karp said that the bright sun blinded 
her. Both Karp and Apollon said that she would be all right. 

1 On tracing these stories they seem to. have no basis in fact so far as the islands are concerned, 
having apparently been transferred as sailors' yarns from events among the hair seals on the Labrador 


Karp told me to-day that last week when be was watching at Northeast Point he 
found a cow whose sides were sticking full of "those worms that bore into the dock 
at Dutch Harbor" (teredos). The heads were embedded in the skin, the bodies 
hanging out like strings. He caught the cow and pulled out the worms, letting her 
go free. Of course he did not save any of the "worms" and it is doubtful whether 
they could now be found. This must have been the "barnacle covered" cow which 
Mr. Hamilton and Colonel Murray saw at Northeast Point and which caused so much 


Two young bulls were on A's shelf at the slide to-day. The other bulls, including 
A, have been gone since the day of the count. 

I had Karp and Apollou kill 2 large gray pups on Gorbatch for examination of 
stomachs. These pups were large, well fed, in good condition, and in a position near 
the water. 

The pups were brought home and the stomachs opened in the presence of Mr. 
Macouu and Judge Crowley. They contained no milk whatever, only some pebbles 
and some mucus similar to that found iu the stomachs of seals on the killing grounds. 
Some blood was in one stomach, but probably due to the fact that the animal had 
been stuck with a knife instead of clubbed, to save the skull. 


Yesterday it was too stormy to go out to a rookery. I went this morning with 
Apollou. and Karp to Lukaniu. The surf running in at Lukaniu was still very high, 
but the pups did not seem to mind it. They were out in the usual numbers. 

There was a cow with an imperfect patch of fur on her rump. Judge Crowley 
says that the natives and Mr. Redpath have seen an increasing number of such 
defective animals this summer. I therefore had the cow killed to secure the skin for 
examination. Another cow was wanted for examination of the uterus, anyhow. 

The cow seemed to be over 4 years old. She was thin. She had been in milk, 
though apparently nearly dry. Her stomach was devoid of any trace of food, 
containing only some pebbles and worms. 

One of the branded pups was killed. The brand had not entirely healed, though 
nearly so. A better specimen could have been secured, but the pup seemed dwarfish 
and we thought it starving. The skin shows the brand clearly. 

The pup proved not to be starving. The stomach contained a small quantity 
of milk. The milk showed traces of the reddish coloring matter so often noted. 
Whatever the substance producing this color is, it is always in such a state of 
decomposition as not to be recognizable. I took a quantity in a bottle hermetically 
sealed for chemical examination, but doubt whether it can be preserved. 

Another pup near the water, which looked thin, was also killed. It proved to be 
blind, with eyes slightly of the "moon-eye" type. The second stomach was empty 
except for the usual pebbles and a very small quantity of reddish mucus, as in 
the other. 

In the afternoon, in company with Mr. Macouri, I went to Kitovi to get more pups. 
Killed 2 pups large gray ones 1 full and plump and 1 slightly thin. The pups were 
taken from the side of the bay. They are constantly in the water. The pups killed 
15184, PT 2 17 


in this, as in other cases, except that of the branded pup, were males. The stomach 
of the plump pup contained a quart or more of milk, perfectly white, without coloring 
matter of any kind. Three little scale like objects Mr. Macoun says they are from 
the inside of a little seashell and a small shred of green seaweed were found in the 
milk. The usual pebbles were present. 

The second stomach was devoid of milk. The usual pebbles were there and one 
small tunicate. The tunicate, scales, and seaweed were taken on formalin for reference. 


I went over to the Reef this morning with a tape-line to remeasure the area on the 
slide designated by Mr. Lucas. On the closer measurement the space proved not 
essentially different from the former result, 256 feet about 8 feet to each animal. 

On the way over I found that the bluffs of Zoltoi, which had been vacant for a 
few days, and on which few bachelors have been for three or four weeks, were filling 
up. About 50 bachelors were in a pod at the angle. They were playing. Some were 
going up the sand 5 others landing were pretending to be scared and dashing back 
into the water, only to return with greater assurance and finally to go up the hill. 

This seems to mark the return of these bachelors from feeding. It was said they 
had abandoned the place because of our frequent traffic across the sands. On my 
return in the evening a large number of new arrivals had hauled out in addition. 

Yesterday, when we were trying to catch the plump pup, he voided a small piece 
of hard cylindrical excrement. This seemed noteworthy, because all pup excrement 
heretofore seen had been soft. As I crossed Zoltoi sand beach this morning a lot of 
pups and bachelors were sleeping and playing out in the bay offshore. The tide was 
receding, and at the line of its fall were hundreds of pieces of this same kind of 
excrement, some of it plainly from its size voided by older seals, but most by pups. 
Does this mark a change in the diet of the pups? 


There are no bulls on the upper part of Ardiguen, and only 1 or 2 cows on the 
flat. There are 8 bulls lying at the water's edge, or rather teasing cows there, for 
they chase every moving cow that comes near and try to hold her. As a rule she 
hovers about a minute, biting gently at the bull's neck, and then edges off; the bull 
does not follow. The bulls have evidently just come back from feeding. They are in 
good condition. It is evident from their actions that if necessary they would be 
able and willing to serve cows. 

One of the bulls on turning about proves to be our old friend A, having his scar 
and general appearance. He has not been on his shelf since before the count. 

On account of the rain this morning the bulk of the seals are in the water. Those, 
on land are perched on stones and holding their heads in the air. 


In the afternoon I took Jacob and Apollon to Kitovi for more pups. Brought 
home a large gray pup for measurement. The result of the measurement will be 
found on another sheet. 



I had killed also a very small pup; it can not be over 6 weeks old. It will by 
contrast with the largest pup killed 33 pounds, 10 ounces or with one killed to-day 
29 pounds show the limits of birth. The little pup was not a dwarf, or underfed, 
or sickly, but as lively and bright as a pup could be. 

Killed also a pup on the point of starvation, though he might have lasted two or 
three days. Wanted this pup for measurement by contrast with a well-fed pup. It 
was gray and seemed about the same age of the other gray pup killed to-day. 

The stomachs of the 3 pups were opened in the presence of Mr. Macoun and 
Judge Crowley. In none was any trace of milk. The large pup had absolutely 
nothing in his stomach save a few pebbles. The stomach of the little fellow had some 
of the red coloring matter and it was wrapped up and placed in formalin for 

The stomach of the starving pup contained a soft red crab. The crab seemed 
about disappearing in the intestinal tract. It was in the lowest part of the stomach. 
The crab was preserved. It seemed not to be affected by digestion. 

Two pups killed October 14. 




Tip of nose to root of tail 
Tip of nose to fore flipper 

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Tip of nose to front angle of eye 

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Length from fore flipper to body angle 

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Length from hind flipper 

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Length from eye 


Length from ear 



Length from tail 

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Girth behind fore flipper 



Of these small pups there are many on the rookeries. They have probably been 
born late. 


Judge Crowley had a drive made this morning from Zoltoi to determine whether 
the stagy season had passed. About 500 or 600 seals were driven up at 5 o'clock. 
After breakfast the killing commenced. Fifty-nine were killed, enough to give each 
family a carcass. 

Of the first 3 pods driven up 20 were killed, and 71 rejected, being too small or 
too large, principally the latter. 

I took measurements in accordance with Stejneger's methods of what were said to 
be a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old bachelor. The measurements seem to indicate rather 
short and long of the same age, the difference being slight in the figures, though I 
thought it sufficient in the appearance of the animals stretched out. 



Bachelor measurements. 
[Taken in accordance with Dr. Stejneger's methods.] 






















Length fore limb (to angle) 





Length tail 



Average toe flap 





Width, hina limb . 



Width hind foot 



Width fore foot 





Girth over shoulders 



Girth behind fore limbs 



Girth before hind lintbs 



The stomachs of all the bachelors were opeiied and were found to be wholly devoid 
of recognizable food substance. In fact, beyond the pebbles and a few shells, etc., 
there was nothing but worms and mucus. In a number of cases the same coloration 
noted in the milk found in the stomachs of pups was present. A miscellaneous 
collection of shells and other things were taken and preserved in formalin. In one 
stomach was a small tunicate like the one found in the pup's stomach. A small piece 
of red crab was also found just like the one in the starving pup's stomach. These 
bachelors are in good condition and have plainly been feeding recently. 

In all the seals killed the testes were found well embedded in the body. The 
scrotum did not show trace of their having been down, not being wrinkled as in the 
case of the old bulls. 

In half an hour after the killing the seals were again drawing out on Zoltoi. The 
rejected seals had been turned into the village cove. 

Jacob Kochuteu found the fresh carcass of a seal cow on Gorbatch to-day which 
had floated ashore in a mangled condition, probably killed by the Orca. 


I walked out to Lukanin in the afternoon. Saw many of the branded pups ; all in 
good condition. I counted 25 bulls out on the water front of the rookery. They were 
not out at the time of my last visit and their simultaneous appearance is exactly like 
that noted some time ago. More than half the bulls are rounding up and talking to 
the cows about them. The scene has very much the same appearance as the rookery 
had just after the harem system gave way in August. 

One cow, from the way in which she clung to the young bull, seemed as if in heat. 
She would go about him biting his neck; he cuffed her, snuffing and smelling over her 
for ten or fifteen minutes. At times he would crush her down under his breast 
and hold her. She finally went away and lay down at some distance. The bull 
remonstrated, but did not follow. 

Three of the branded pups were seen nursing. One little pup was wet, just in 
from a swim ; his mother was wet also. 



In the afternoon I walked out to Tolstoi. The sand flat is deserted. The usual 
number of seals are in the water and passing back and forth. 

A large number of bulls are out and active in rounding up cows. The same 
condition is shown here as at Lukanin. 

Saw a small pup, black, if anything smaller and younger than the one killed the 
other day. 

Saw a cow and pup recognize one another in the water. The cow called and the 
pup came swimming and answering for a considerable distance. The cow showed no 
inclination to land but swam about. The pup followed her, swimming with his nose 
touching her side. Once he lost her and came swimming to her calling. Every time 
the cow's head came above the water the pup came up in front calling and shaking 
his head. 


The heavy blow of the last few weeks has produced marked changes in the sand 
dunes back of English Bay. All the loose sand has been blown away from the sand 
flat and it stands out the graveyard it really is. It is literally white with pup bones. 
Most conspicuous are the scapula and the curved top of the skull. The latter bone 
was so conspicuous that I measured off a space 13 by 14 yards and counted them. 
The space contained 336, each representing a pnp. These are, of course, pups of other 
seasons than the present. The bones show the pups to have been small young ones. 
The same condition, or if anything worse, appears in the extension of the sandy area 
beyond the present terminus of the rookery, and the bones of pups are strewn a 
considerable distance up the slope toward the Lagoon. This furnishes another 
evidence of rookery shrinkage, as this must at one time have been covered with 
breeding cows. 

The cows and pups are now farther back than ever up the hill, or it may be that 
they are backed by a. lot of bachelors. The usual array of bulls is on the sands of 
English Bay. There has been no change since September 8. 


Walked across the country to Lukanin Bay. An old bull which evidently had 
tramped very thoroughly over the space about him was found lying on the sand. 
Beside him was a great splatter of excrement of a light yellowish color. Mixed with 
the excrement was a multitude of very fine white short worms like pieces of white 

The bull when aroused seemed very unwilling to move, but finally shuffled off 
dragging his hind flippers. He was not an old bull, but was very thin, probably sick. 

Along the sand of Lukanin beach at the mark of each subsidence of the surf were 
hundreds and hundreds of little cylindrical pieces of excrement, evidently voided by 
the pups which are swimming, sleeping, and diving in the water just offshore. This 
is exactly similar to the condition noticed already on Zoltoi. 

One of the branded pups is seen swimming in the water. He keeps his back 
bowed up, showing the 3 brands distinctly. Is he showing off? Watched for ten 
minutes, he maintains the same position and keeps swimming about. A stone thrown 


near him causes him to dive under with the others like a flash. In a few minutes he 
is again visible and in his wonted position, which he maintains as long as I stay. 


I accompanied Judge Crowley this morning to Zapadni rookery. He took over 
a force of natives to make a beginning in fixing the death traps on this rookery. 
About one-half of the first gully was covered at intervals with small bowlders from 
the beach which the men carried up on their shoulders. Larger angular bowlders 
were rolled down from the surrounding banks and scattered among the smaller stones. 
A part also of the second gully was covered. The bowlders are probably too small to 
be of the best service. 

As it rained incessantly all morning and was very disagreeable, the work was 
discontinued at noon pending better weather. The main point was in getting it 
started and in showing the natives what was wanted. They can go ahead and finish 
the work when the weather permits. They took great interest in it and worked 

Had a thin pup killed for examination of stomach. The pup was on the way to 
starvation. Stomach devoid of milk or any foreign substance except the usual pebbles. 
In the intestines was found a quantity of the blackish secretion which is associated 
with starvation. 


We were evidently mistaken about the subsidence of starvation soon after the 
count of starved pups. The number to starve after that time did not seem great at any 
inspection, but they have been constantly visible to the present time and are not all 
dead yet. The pups no'w dying could not have been recognized as starving October 1. 
Our count of starved pups therefore must fall far short of the facts. The figures 
obtained, however, are on this account not open to dispute. The error from this 
source is not so important as the greater error in the loss of early dead pups which 
would have resulted had the count been longer postponed. 

Had a large bull, in fine condition and who had evidently been feeding, killed for 
examination of stomach, also testes, and for measurement. The measurements are 
recorded elsewhere. 

The bull was very fat containing an immense coating of blubber. Jacob 
Kochuten, who skinned him, said the bull had been feeding for two months ever 
since he left the rookery in August. 

His stomach, however, was devoid of food. A quantity of shells, a very few 
stones, and, strange to say, a number of pup bones two or three ribs and a section 
of vertebra. Does this mean that he had eaten a pup? More likely it means that 
instead of loading with pebbles for ballast he had stored in some bones picked up on 
the rookery ground. 

The animal's intestines contained nothing but worms and a thin yellowish watery 
fluid, of which he voided a quantity on the short drive to the place of killing. 

An examination of the testes of the bull was made. The organs themselves were 
dissected out and preserved. The dead animal showed externally no traces of testes. 
The scrotum was simply a wrinkled fold of skin. By pressure on the abdomen the 


testes could be forced down into the scrotum. They could then be pressed back into 
the body cavity. The organs were then carefully cut out and preserved. 

It seems clear, therefore, that the testes are under the control of the animal, and 
can be withdrawn out of the way when the animal moves about. Thus it happens that 
the only logical groundwork for the absurd theory of sexual injury from driving falls 
through. In the early years, when the animals are driven most, the testes are 
naturally out of danger. In the adult animals there is special provision made for 
protection against the apparently exposed position of the organs. 


The past two days have been so stormy that it has been impossible to visit a 

A SICK cow. 

Some of the natives reported a sick cow among the sand dunes of Lukanin beach. 
I went out with Neon Mandrigan and Peter Eustikof to see her. She was still alive, 
but helpless. As she had been lying there a day and a half, I ordered her killed, 
with a view to ascertaining the trouble and to obtain the uterus, thus avoidiog the 
necessity of killing a healthy cow. 

No bones were found broken. The lungs seemed to be slightly congested; other 
organs apparently in good condition. The stomach was wholly empty. She must 
belong to that class of cows of which 3 or 4 have been seen overcome with fright. It 
is possible that she might have recovered. She was lying in a little hollow where a 
temporary lagoon had been formed by the high surf washing over Lukauin beach. 
She was probably washed in and left when tbe water subsided. 

Her skin had a spot bare of fur in it, and in her back was a recently healed 
wound, evidently caused by a bite. 

A bull with a broken back was seen on the sand at Lukanin. Kedpath says the 
bull will get along all right. Says he has seen seals turn up in the drive with both 
hind flippers taken clear off, with one front flipper taken oft' close up to the shoulder. 
The seals were in good condition and got around all right. 


Made the following notes from the Judge's report, which he kindly let me read 
this morning : 

"This year the first bulls arrived April 13. 
"The first killable seals arrived May 11. 
"The first cow seen on North rookery June 8. 
"Five cows were seen on Eeef rookery June 12. 
" The first pup was seen on Eeef rookery June 14." 


I had Karp Buterin shoot with a rifle one of the many pups playing and 
sleeping just off Zoltoi sands. The pup was in the act of playing with a piece of 
seaweed. Its stomach was found to be full of milk, without trace of other substance. 
It is difficult to shoot these pups, and it was only after repeated trials that we got 
this one. 


The intestines of this pup were full of fecal matter of the color of that seen 
thrown on the beach. The rectum contained cylindrical feces hard like that on the 
sands. This one specimen is probably too slight a basis on which to establish the 
matter, but it seems that these pups, which spend so much time in the water, are the 
well-fed pups. Those killed on the rocks at the Point Warehouse just after coming 
ashore, the one killed by Mr. Macouu and Judge Crowley while coining out of the 
water, and several others were all full of milk. For the most part, on the other hand, 
the pups killed on shore have been empty waiting for their mothers. 

The presence of these well-fed pups in the water in contrast to the empty ones 
on shore, considered in the light of the fact that the stomachs of the bachelors taken 
from Zoltoi the other day immediately after coming in from the sea, seems to suggest 
that the fur seal naturally digests its food in the water. The adult waits oft'shore to 
finish digestion if it arrives before it is completed, and the pup, when he has a 
stomach full of milk, takes to the water and sleeps and plays there while it is being 

There are a score of bachelors off Zoltoi sleeping and playing with the pups. 
There has been a band of seals all summer off the rookery fronts. There is mingled 
with the pup excrement on the sands of Zoltoi the feces of adult seals. In this 
digestion of the food before coming on shore we have the explanation of the fact that 
seals are not seen during the summer to land directly from the sea, but always Irom 
the band of swimming seals. 

In further investigation of the question of the feeding of pups, Judge Crowley 
will kill pups at intervals as late as they remain on the rookeries. Up to this time 
there is absolutely no evidence whatever to favor the idea of the pup's ability or 
inclination to obtain other food than mother's milk. 


Spent the forenoon in packing preparatory to leaving the island. The Bear came 
in from the direction of St. George and anchored off Lukanin Bay, the only landing 
place, and we got away early in the afternoon. The ship had picked up Mr. Barrett- 
Hamilton and Lieutenant Hoover and his boat's crew from St. George. An unsuccessful 
attempt was made to land mail on St. George in the night, and the Bear sailed for 
Unalaska. Mr. Barrett- Hamilton reports that killers were seen almost daily about 
St. George during his stay there. A food killing of 59 seals was made from North 
rookery on October 20, and another of 18 on the 21st at Zapadni. He reports counting 
70 bulls on Zapadni. 

The Bear arrived in Unalaska on the morning of the 24th of October and sailed 
for Seattle at noon on the 25th, arriving in Port Townsend at midnight of November 2. 


The following- notes were made by Mr. J. B. Crowley, special agent, after the 
departure of the commissioners in the fall of 1896 and before their return in the 
summer of 1897 : 

November 3, 1890. Two large gray pups were killed this afternoon on Lukauin 
rookery and their stomachs examined. One stomach contained over a quart of milk 
and the usual stones, the other about half a pint of milk of a pinkish color. No traces 
of other food than milk was present. 

November 5. Reef rookery was visited this morning. No evidence was found of 
the departure of pups. Many of them were in the water along shore, and many cows 
were with their pups on land. Many pups were observed nursing. No holostiaki 
were hauled out on the Eeef. 

November 6. A visit to Lukanin rookery showed no bachelors hauled out. There 
were a good many cows and some bulls on the rookery. There was no evidence seen 
of the departure of pups. They seem fewer in number on laud, but more plentiful in 
the water. Many of the branded pups in good condition (one of them nursing its 
mother) were seen. 

November 14. A few bachelors are hauled out on the Reef mixed with the cows, 
of which there are many still on the rookery with their pups. Many pups were seen 
nursing. The usual number of old bulls are about the rookery among the cows. They 
are in excellent condition. The warm weather of the past week has evidently brought 
out many seals and the bellowing of the bulls and cows reminds one of the days 
earlier in the season when the harems were being formed. 

November 19. The seals have been gradually leaving Lagoon rookery for the 
past ten days. Not more than one-third of them remain. Cows are present on the 
rookery about in proportion to the remaining pups. A noticeable decrease is observed 
in the seals 011 Reef, Kitovi, and Lukanin rookeries. The presence of cows and pups 
at this date is undoubtedly due to the unusually mild weather. 

November 26. The seals are gradually leaving and those still remaining are 
restless. The older pups are disappearing. Those remaining seem to be in proportion 
to the cows. Eight branded pups, in good condition, were counted on Lukaniu and 
three on Kitovi. 

December 1. A few pups are present, but they are rapidly leaving the rookeries. 

December 4. No pups were to be found on Lukanin and Kitovi rookeries this 
morning. A few yearlings, bachelors, and some young bulls were hauled out on the 

December 6. A food drive was made to-day from Reef and Tolstoi; 354 seals were 
killed. One cow was killed on the Reef, in accordance with instructions from Dr. 
Jordan, for purposes of scientific investigation. One male gray pup was killed in 
accordance with similar instruction. The stomach showed no trace of food of any 
kind. The pup was very fat, the blubber along the back and sides being an inch and 
a half thick. Among those killed this morning was a seal with a fresh gunshot 
wound, from which the blood was flowing. Two buckshot were found in the fleshy 

part of the fore flipper. 



December 14. A seal drive for food was made from the Eeef and 126 killed. 

December 15. Sivutcli Eock is covered with seals to-day. 

December 30. It is reported that about 100 bachelors are hauled out at Northeast 
Point under Hutchinson Hill. Sivutch Rock is covered with seals and many are in 
the water between there and the Keef. 

January 3, 1897. About 40 seals are reported on Tolstoi rookery, and Sivutch 
Eock is still covered. 

January 7. The high wind of the past few days has driven the seals off Sivutch 

January 29. A number of seals are hanging about Sivutch Eock, in and out of the 
water according to the wind and weather. 

February 16. About 30 seals are reported on Sivutch Eock. 

March 2. The natives succeeded in landing on Sivutch Eock and killing 19 seals 
for food. 

March 17. Natives killed 29 seals on Sivutch Eock for food. 

April 19. A young bull is reported swimming in the open water between Eeef 
shore and the ice. 

May 1. Five seals are hauled up on Sivutch Eock. None are reported elsewhere. 

May 5. Two bull seals are reported hauled out on Gorbatch and one at Polovina. 

May 6. Eight bulls and about 20 bachelors are out on Sivutch Eock. 

May 7. Two bull seals are hauled out at Tolstoi and some bachelors are swimming 
in the water. The pool in the runway to the hauling ground of Eeef rookery was 
drained to-day. It was intended to cover the surface with bowlders, but this had to 
be abandoned on account of the arrival of the bulls. 

May 10. Seals are reported to-day on the various rookeries as follows : Northeast 
Point, 20 bulls; Polovina, 4; Lukanin, 2; Kitovi, 2; Eeef, 1; Gorbatch, 1; 40 bachelors 
on Sivutch Eock. 

May 11. Fifteen bulls are reported ashore at Zapadni and 5 in the water. Ninety 
seals were killed on Sivutch Eock. 

May 12. Sixteen bulls are reported on Tolstoi, and 8 bachelors. 

May 14. Twenty bull seals are reported on Gorbatch and Eeef, 8 on Lukaniu, 7 on 
Kitovi. The first bull hauled out to-day on Lagoon. 

May 15. Thirty bulls and 12 bachelors are hauled out on Tolstoi. 

May 17. Seventeen bulls on Little Zapadni and many on the main rookery. Four 
new bulls haul out on Lagoon. Bulls are hauling fast at Tolstoi. 

May 19. There are 200 bulls at Northeast Point and about 100 bachelors. 

May 21. A perpendicular wall of ice from 8 to 10 feet high extends along the 
water's edge of Eeef rookery for a considerable distance, forming an impassable 
barrier. The bulls, however, haul out to the south of it and travel over the rocks to 
their desired places. 

May 22. A small food drive of 36 seals was made from Tolstoi. 

June 2. The old bulls are occupying their places on the rookeries, but the young 
bulls have not yet arrived. Bachelors are reported scarce on all the hauling grounds. 

June 10. The first cow seen on St. Paul hauled out on Tolstoi rookery to-day. 



MAY 22-JUNE 7. 

I sailed from San Francisco on the North American Company's steamer Del Norte, 
Capt. Charles E. Allen. Col. Joseph Murray, chief agent, and Mr. John M. Morton, 
assistant agent, in charge of the seal islands, and Mr. James M. Macoun, Canadian 
commissioner, were also passengers on the steamer. Mr. Bristow Adams accompanied 
me as artist assistant to the commission. 

The trip was an exceedingly favorable one, no bad weather being encountered. 
It was unexpectedly long, owing to the fact that the Del Norte had to touch at 
Wood Island to laud supplies there, the company's schooner, Gen. Siglin, sent to 
Wood Island earlier in the season, having been wrecked. 

While passing out of the Golden Gate a hair seal was seen in the water near the 
vessel. During the entire trip not a single fur seal was seen either in the North 
Pacific or in Bering Sea. A large number of "killers" were seen in the passages 
among the Aleutian Islands. 

At Dutch Harbor Captain Tuttle of the Bear told me of the skin of a branded 
pup seal which Mr. A. Gray, of the Alaska Commercial Company, had in his 
possession. It had not been unpacked yet, and Mr. Gray promised to send it up on 
the first cutter coining to the islands. I learned from Mr. Gray that the pup was 
taken in the bay at Akun, where it was swimming with others. The date was late 
in November. The animal was reported as "lean" and the brand as "unhealed." 
From the description given of it I should judge that the "rawness" noted was the 
corn-beef-like appearance under the action of the salt water which was conspicuous 
in the pups on the islands last fall before the wounds had fully healed, and somewhat 
hidden by the new water hair. 

Captain Tuttle also told me that as he left the Sound on May 10 a sealing schooner 
belonging to the Neah Bay Indians came into port with a catch of 10 skins as the 
result of a sixty-five days' cruise. 

In conversation with Mr. James M. Macoun, Canadian commissioner, I learned 
that Mr. Halkett's investigations of last summer on board the sealing schooners 
placed the percentage of females in the pelagic catch at 84. 

In the early morning of June 7 the Del Norte came to anchor off St. George with 
a good landing. It was decided that so long as it was possible to discharge cargo at 
St. George the vessel would remain. Otherwise it would go at once to St. Paul. 

'Prior to July 1st these notes are the work of George A. Clark; after this date notes by Dr. 
Jordan. Mr. Lucas, and Messrs. Adams, Farmer, Warren, Greeley, Snodgrass, and Edwards are added as 



JUNE 7. 

Soon after landing I visited North rookery and counted the bulls in place on 
the rookery ground, finding 180. Twenty others, apparently young fellows, were 
swimming in the water in front. No cows were present. 

The bulls do not stand their ground well. Among the regular bulls are evidently 
many young fellows which will undoubtedly be driven out when the cows come. These 
wander about, shifting their places, without apparent notice to the older bulls. There 
is an utter absence of fighting and very little of the usual bluffing. Some of the 
bulls show scars of more or less recent wounds, probably the result of contests on first 

A dozen bachelors the only ones on North rookery are hauled out on a point of 
rock near the middle of the rookery among the old bulls. They play undisturbed. 
There are no bachelors on the regular hauling grounds. Mr. Judge reports that a 
small food drive was made from North rookery on the 22d of May. 

In the afternoon I visited Little East and East rookeries in company with Mr. 
Morton. About 50 bulls were in position on the former. No bachelors were visible. 

The appearance of East rookery as outlined by the bulls was very similar to that 
of last year on the main part of the rookery. No bulls could be seen along the beach 
toward the Sea Lion Point, where were a few scattered harems in 1896. With this 
exception on East rookery as well as on Little East and North, bulls seem to be 
occupying places wherever harems were last year. 

At a point thickly covered with harems last year is a pod of about 100 bachelors. 
Among them are many young bulls. The old bulls about do not pay any attention to 
them, except to protest mildly whe:i the young fellows come too closely in their play. 
It is worthy of note that in every instance where bachelors are seen they are within 
the rookery confines and not in the hauling grounds. Two sea lions are lying on the 
beach just below the bachelors. 

On this rookery is a harem containing a single cow and her pup, reported as being 
present on June 3. They were not present on June 1. This seems to be the earliest 
recorded birth of a pup. 

A food drive was made from East rookery on June 2. The bachelors so far have 
been scarce on all the rookeries. 

At the Government House Peter Eezauzoff, a native returning from watch on 
Zapadni, reported about 180 bachelors at that place and many bulls. 

JUNE 8. 

North rookery was again visited this morning. The bulls are more numerous 
through additions of young fellows, probably those yesterday seen in the water. 
Some of these are wandering about in the rear. Following along the shore toward 
Staraya Artel I found that the bulls were hauled out on the beach to a considerable 
distance beyond the rookery limits. These fellows will probably move to the rookery 
ground when the cows come. 

Staraya Artel was visited in the afternoon. There are 67 harem bulls in place on 
the slope. There are no bulls now occupying the ground held by the idle bulls of 
last year here or on any of the other rookeries. These bulls if present are on the 
outlying beaches or crowded in among the regular bulls to be driven out when the 
cows come. 


The bulls on Staraya Artel are as savage and courageous as of old. Two of them 
charged at me for a considerable distance, and none of them would give ground. In 
this respect they contrast sharply with the bulls on North and East rookeries. They 
stopped and drove back a small pod of bachelors which attempted to get through to 
the sea. There were 64 bachelors in all on the rookery, here as elsewhere ainoug the 
bulls and not in the regular hauling grounds. 

JUNE 9. 

I walked this morning with Mr. Adams to Garden Cove, and followed down the 
beach in search of the sea-lion rookery. Under a cliff at some distance to the east of 
the cove was a group of about 40 sea lions. They were not all bulls; some looked 
like cows or bachelors, but there was no evidence of a harem; no pups were present. 
The distance from the top of the cliff was too great for close observation. Two or 
three sea lions were swimming about under the kelp at some distance out from the 
shore. They were prowling about on the bottom as if feeding. A bachelor seal has 
been doing the same thing in the kelp off the village landing since the arrival of the 

At East rookery the number of bulls seems this morning to be increased. They 
are located farther up the rocky slope, and with a glass they can be seen to extend 
through to the sea lion point. Ten large sea lions are lying at the foot of the slope 
among the bulls. There are 103 bachelors present in the same position as before. 

A second cow is out in charge of the nearest bull to the one having the cow and 
pup. She is a large cow. By contrast and with the aid of the glass it is easy to see 
that the first cow is a young one, doubtless a 3-year-old with her first pup. She is 
very light in color. Her early appearance is probably due to the fact that she arrived 
before the usual time last season. That an occasional 2-year-old cow may wander in 
thus early is supported by the fact that among the bachelors are evidently many 
2-year-olds and some few must be yearlings. 

In the evening five killers were seen in the bight between the vessel and North 
rookery. They were fired at several times with a ritie, but the range was too great. 
They moved off along the shore in the direction of Staraya Artel. These animals are 
evidently on hand for the arriving seals. 

JUNE 10. 

The Del Norte steamed round to Zapadni in the early morning to land salt. The 
landing was doubtful and the time too short to permit of a visit to the rookery, but 
the opportunity for inspecting it with a glass was good. The bulls were all roused up 
by the noise of the vessel. They seemed very numerous on the beach and up to the 
first bench on the slope of the hill. There were none up where the idle bulls were 
last season. A killer was seen swimming about in the bay. 

On returning to the village the landing was deemed so uncertain that no attempt 
was made to visit the rookeries, arrangements having been made to start for St. Paul 
the instant the landing gave out. 

JUNE 11. 

I landed this morning and again visited North rookery. The young bulls in the 
rear of the rookery are steadily growing more numerous. They are constantly 


shifting and wandering about. In all likelihood they come and go from the water. 
The old brown bulls stick to their places closely. One bull has located himself in a 
little breastwork of rocks built up by the natives to shoot ducks from in the winter 
time. It is inclosed on three sides. The bull sits facing the opening as if proud 
of his "castle" and ready for all comers. 

When roused up, one bull shows some bad cuts and many show slight ones 
partially healed. No fighting has been seen among them; only occasional instances 
of "bluffing." There must, however, have been some fighting. The regular harem 
bulls have now reached an understanding. 

The only cows seen on the rookeries of St. George have been the 2 on East 
rookery. The watch on North rookery at least has been constant enough to have 
found any that might have appeared. 

The vessel will get off to-night for St. Paul. Fortunately there has been little to 
see on the rookeries, else this week lias been practically wasted so far as observations go. 

JUNE 12. 

We landed at St. Paul Island at 8 o'clock. After greeting the people, I walked 
out to Gorbatch. The bulls were present wherever harems were last year. A few 
young bulls are in the domain of the idle bulls, but this class has not yet begun to 
occupy the cinder slope of Gorbatch. At the west end bulls are located all along 
under the cliff to Ardiguen. No harems were here last year. 


There are three bulls on the flat at the mouth of the slide of Ardiguen. One is 
our scarred friend of last year. The others look familiar, but have no distinguishing 
marks. There are 20 bulls altogether on the little rookery. Surely the distinctness 
of this scar a year after disproves Mr. Elliott's contention that the brand will heal 
without a scar. 

Reef rookery is well stocked with bulls, but they do not extend back beyond the 
line of harems; in other words, there is no fringe of idle bulls. About 500 bachelors 
are grouped in the largest of the runways of the rookery. Mingled with them are 
many bulls. The ponds have been drained and the bachelors are lying in them. 
There are none back in the regular hauling ground, and no others on the Reef. 

Bulls lie under the cliff on the east side of the peninsula and in the little cove. 
There are no bachelors on Zoltoi sands or bluffs. A half dozen young gray bulls lie 
at the angle of the sands. The sand beach has built away out since last season. It 
certainly extends as much as 50 feet farther out than at the close of last season, and 
it was then much farther out than at the beginning. The sand has drifted over the 
ice, which is melting and letting the sand bank down in places. 

Since we arrived at St. George it has been dry and clear, two of the days giving 
continuous bright sunshine. To-day is as fine a day as could be found anywhere. It 
is said there has been neither rain nor fog on the islands so far. 


The surveyors are hard at work on the rookeries. One force is just completing 
Gorbatch. They have gone over all the rookeries and marked conspicuous stones at 


intervals of a few hundred feet. From 20 to 40 of these stones are marked with 
figures on two faces. An attempt (not always successful) has been made to locate 
them in the median line of the harems. They might have been made twice as 
numerous to advantage. It is the intention to locate these stones on the maps, so 
that with their aid the observer can trace in the rookery boundaries. 

I saw the first genuine fighting of the season to day on Gorbatch. A wet bull 
had landed and was working his way up to the rear, when a bull attacked him. He 
fought well for a time, but was finally forced back into the territory of another bull. 
The fresh bull got him by one fore flipper and turned him over, throwing him on his 
back. A third bull came in and seized him by a hind flipper, raising him from the 
ground and turning him over on his head. The beaten bull limped off slowly and 
dropped into the water } where he remained motionless. He was very seriously 


In the afternoon I went to Kitovi and Lukanin with Mr. Adams. There were 
156 bulls in all on the former rookery. The bulls here are quite fierce and ready to 
charge. There were a few young bulls in the rear and more in the water, which were 
not counted. 

Under the cliffs at Lukanin is a single cow, now first seen at 4 o'clock. Judge 
Crowley says she was not there yesterday afternoon. This is the first cow seen by 
me on St. Paul. The surveyors working at Tolstoi report 2 there, which arrived on 
the 10th. 

On Kitovi and Lukanin the surveyors have not been so successful in locating their 
stones. Instead of being marked as separate rookeries, the numbers run consecutively 
from the beginning of Kitovi to the end of Lukaniu. Kitovi really begins between 
stones 3 and 4. At the end of Lukanin the numbering is continued through the 
hauling ground and around to the little reef on the other side of the bight. It will 
be necessary later to put in separate terminal marks and some special marks to 
distinguish the hauling grounds, which are here, as on the Keef, numbered in with 
the breeding grounds. 

JUNE 13. 

The weather has changed to real Bering Sea weather thick fog, alternating at 
intervals to rain and snow. At noon it was clearer, then thickened up again. I 
visited Lukanin in the afternoon. The bull and cow noted yesterday are now in the 
wash of the surf. 

The surveyors were asked to discontinue work on the rookeries, to avoid criticism 
on the score of disturbance. They will transfer their work to the interior of the 
island for the present. 

JUNE 14. 

The weather continues foggy, with occasional showers of rain. 

I visited Lukanin in the afternoon. The cow under the cliff has moved back 
from the water's edge to the foot of the cliff and is in charge of a different bull. A 
second cow is present at some distance away; time, 4 o'clock. 

A small animal which looks like a 2-year-old bachelor lay for some time on the 
rocks and then started up through the rookery. It had almost reached the outermost 


bulls when one saw it and gave chase. The bachelor turned for the water, and, 
running into another bull, was promptly caught. The bull was attacked by another 
at that moment, and the young bachelor, for such it must have been, escaped into 
the sea. 

Two cows are present to-day for the first time on Kitovi; time, 4.15 o'clock. 
They have no pups, nor has the one first seen on the 12th at Lukanin. 

The Del Norte steamed for Dutch Harbor and San Francisco at 4 o'clock, taking 
Mr. and Mrs. Crowley as passengers from the islands. Colonel Murray becomes chief 
agent, Mr. Morton second agent. 

JUNE 15. 

A drive was made this morning from the Reef. There were no seals on Zoltoi. 
The herd arrived at the village killing ground about 7 o'clock. After breakfast the 
killing began. A record was kept of the rejected seals 119 were too small ; 144 too 
large. The total killed was 492, or 63 per cent of the animals driven. The skins 
seemed to run about the same grade as those taken last year. No accidents occurred. 

The stomachs of 20 bachelors were opened and found to be empty except for 
mucus. There were but few worms and only two contained stones. 

Among the small rejected seals were perhaps 10 yearlings. The others were 
small 2-year-olds. The large seals contained some young bulls, but were chiefly large 
4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. 

With a view to keeping close watch of the cows on Lukanin and Kitovi, I sent 
Mr. Adams there this morning. He reports an additional cow, but no pups. I visited 
Gorbatch in company with Mr. Morton. Under the cliff's at the beginning of the 
rookery is a cow with a pup. She was not present on the 12th. The pup seems to be 
at least a day old, as it is lively and moving about. 

One very light cow is out on Ardiguen. Her bull is showing her a great deal of 
attention, the only instance of sucli attention so far seen. For the most part the cows 
lie sleeping unnoticed by the bulls, who also spend their time chiefly in sleeping. 

Mr. Macoun reports that a pup was born at 3.30 this afternoon to one of the cows 
on the amphitheater of Kitovi. She was first seen at 4 o'clock, June 14, and was not 
there on the afternoon of the 13th. 

After supper I walked out to Lukauin. Many bachelors are swimming along on 
the water front. At intervals they attempt to land, but are driven off by the bulls. 
The same thing is seen on Kitovi. 

On Kitovi just beyond the amphitheater is a cow with her pup, which was not 
present at 4 o'clock on the 14th. There is a new cow on the amphitheater, a third one, 
at the foot of the cliff. From the summit of Lukanin Hill a new harem of 2 cows can 
be seen. This was not present at 4 yesterday afternoon. It is now 9 o'clock. 

From the positions of these cows I should say that they steal past the sleeping- 
bulls and take up their places where they wish. I have watched closely, but have not 
yet seen a cow land. Those which have landed on these two rookeries have apparently 
come in in the night. 

JUNE 16. 

The weather is clear but cloudy, with light fog at intervals. Mr. Adams went to 
Gorbatch to watch the cow and pup there. I walked to Kitovi and Lukanin with 
Mr. Morton. 


In the little gully east of the Amphitheater of Kitovi is a new cow with the pup. 
It is 9 o'clock. Half an hour later another new cow is seen at the foot of Lukauin 
Hill. She is light colored, small, and restless. The bull treats her roughly. These 
must be 3-year-old cows. The old ones lie quietly and make no trouble. 

I walked over to Tolstoi. There are about 75 to 100 bachelors on the slope of 
Middle Hill and on the sand beach at the foot. There is a bunch of 265 at the angle 
of Tolstoi with the saud beach. There are many young bulls among them. One has 
a cow and pup right in the midst of the bachelors. Two others apparently have cows, 
but as there are no pups one can not be sure. The bulls watch over them carefully 
and fight off the bachelors, which are trying to tease the cows. 

I can count 9 other cows along the beach below the sand flat. The flat is covered 
at regular intervals with bulls. There are 3 pups in all on Tolstoi. One harem has 3 
cows, another 2. The harem of 3 is the largest yet seen. 

The slope on Tolstoi above the sand flat is covered with bulls. There are no 
bachelors in the usual place at the top of the slope. No bachelors were noticed by 
us last year on the sands where they are hauled to-day. They probably do not haul 
so far backward at this season. 

Eeturning by way of Lukanin I found a new cow out at the foot of the hill; time, 
11.15. Passing on to the Amphitheater I found that the cow at the foot of the cliff 
had disappeared. There was a great commotion, and a bull at a distance was trying 
to hold an animal which might be a cow, but looked like a bachelor. It was not the 
cow which had left the foot of the cliff. 

Mr. Adams reports the landing of a third cow under the cliffs at Gorbatch. He 
witnessed the landing of the cow and thus described it: " She swam along the shore 
back and forth several times, apparently examining it. She started to land and then 
went out again. When she lauded a second time a big bull which had stepped into 
the water for the purpose caught her in his mouth and threw her up the beach. He 
then drove her up to a place which seemed to be his and held her there." 

A half dozen bachelors have hauled out at Zoltoi; the first of the season. 
Complaint has been made about Mr. Adams passing Zoltoi and Gorbatch, but until 
to day there have been no animals to disturb, and he will make a circuit to avoid 
disturbing those now out. 

JUNE 17. 

I went to Kitovi this morning. No new cows were present. On Lukauin I found 
5, making 11 in all. Directly under the cliff on this latter rookery is a cow with her 
pup, evidently but a few hours old. She was not there at 5 o'clock last evening. 
None of the 5 new cows were there then. Two of them form one harem. Another is 
in a harem with a cow first seen on the afternoon of June 14. Both these cows have 
pups this morning, first seen at 8 o'clock. They are close together and one cow bites 
and shakes the other's pup. The mother resents it and the bull attempts to stop their 

Another pup is seen in the harem of 2 under Lukanin Hill. These 2 cows were 
first seen at 9 o'clock on the evening of June 15. The pup was not there at 5 o'clock 
last night. 

During four day watches of four hours each no cows have been seen by me to 
laud. Such new arrivals as have appeared on Kitovi and Lukanin came at night. 
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Three killers passed by Kitovi Point close to shore and then veered off to sea. 

The water front of the rookeries is full of young bulls swimming back and forth 
and lauding at intervals, only to be driven off by the beach masters. 

In the afternoon I again went to Kitovi and Lukanin. One of the cows in the 
Amphitheater has just had her pup. It goes about dragging the fresh placenta. 

I made another count of the bulls on Kitovi. There were 180 to-day exclusive of 
the young fellows swimming offshore or roaming about in the rear. 

In all there are 9 cows on Kitovi to day, but there are only 3 pups as yet. The 
harem at the extreme end of Kitovi has received a new cow since 9 o'clock this 
morning. A supposed cow held by a bull in the Amphitheater turns out to be a 

On Lukanin there are 2 new cows out since 10 this morning. It is now 3.30. 
There are 13 cows in all on this rookery; 6 have pups. 

Mr. Adams reports from Gorbatch that in the space where there were but 5 cows 
yesterday there are 13 this morning. There are only 3 pups. One of the new cows 
not present at 5 o'clock last night has her pup with her at 1.45 to-day. 

He witnessed the landing of a second cow at 1.30. She was seized on landing by 
the nearest bull. 

I visited Kitovi and Lukanin after supper, but found no change beyond the 
accession of one new cow. 

JUNE 18. 

I attended the killing at Zapadui this morning, going over in the bidara. Bulls 
lie at intervals along the foot of the cliffs leading round from Lagoon rookery to 
Tolstoi Head, a number being at the latter place. They dropped into the water for 
the most part as the boat passed close to shore. 

After watching the killing for a few minutes I left the recording of rejected seals 
to Mr. Morton and went to make observations on the rookeries. On Zapadni I found 
the bulls naturally distributed over the gully on which the stones were put last fall. 
In the long gully beyond I counted 60 bulls. They were having an unusual amount of 
trouble with one another. One young fellow was seen to be forced down into the 
gully from the bank. He was immediately set upon by the bulls, which passed him 
along toward the sea with little ceremony. At one time four of them had him pinned 
down to the earth. On the flat above the gully lay a dead bull, from which the skin 
was torn in great patches. I could not get close enough for an examination, but at a 
distance under the glass the wounds seemed fresh. He was probably killed in a fight. 


I made a count of the bulls in the rear portion of Little Zapadni and then taking 
the whaleboat skirted the water front of the three Zapadni rookeries counting the 
bulls there. This gave a complete count of the bulls on the two smaller portions. 
Little Zapadni had 231 bulls. These bulls are all in positions where harems were last 
year. They may include idle bulls, but not territory occupied last year by them. 

Zapadni Reef had 128 bulls. They are scattered along the reef without breaks, 
though the patches of last year are more or less clearly marked by the grouping of 
the bulls. 

On the sloping bowlder beach of the main rookery there were 284 bulls. There 
were 46 bulls on a long flat slope which seemed inaccessible from the rear. The bulls 


counted are those which could uot be seen from land. An effort will be made in a day 
or two to complete this count by enumerating the bulls on the higher ground from 
behind. I believe that this count will be more accurate than any that can be made in 
the height of the season, and at any rate it will serve as a check. From the total now 
attained can be deducted the idle adult bulls to be found later in the season. 

A record was made of the cows, there being 50 in all. One harem contained 11 
cows (the largest thus far seen); another 4; three had 3 each; a number had 2 each, 
and the rest 1 each. If the cows do not have much to say in choosing their location, 
it is hard to understand how these two largest harems could be formed. The bull 
with 11 cows in his charge was surrounded by bulls without cows. Two were close 
in the rear, 1 on either side, and 1 lay between him and the water. The cows were 
very much excited by the presence of the boat, as were also the bulls in the vicinity. 
But no bulls attacked him or tried to steal his cows. The Sctine conditions may be 
noted in regard to the harem of 6. 

On Little Zapadni 15 cows were counted. No harem was found larger than 2 
cows. On Zapadni Reef only 2 cows were seen. Three pups were counted on the 
main rookery, 4 were seen on Little Zapadni, and none on the Eeef. 

At the killing this morning a total of 316 skins were taken. Of the rejected seals 
130 were too large; 26 too small. Mr. Morton, whose presence is required on the 
killing field, has kindly consented to make the record of registered seals, thus leaving 
me free to watch the killings or to make other observations. Of the total drive 67 per 
cent were killed. The skins were brought over to the village in the bidara. 

In the salt house 3 lots of 10 skins each were weighed 73> 102, and 96 pounds, 
respectively, or an average of 9 pounds each for the 30 skins. 


Mr. Adams watched on Lukauin and Kitovi. He reports 4 new cows; 1 on 
Kitovi in the gully at the south of the Amphitheater; 3 under the cliff at Lukaniu. 
All were first seen between 9 and 10 o'clock. 

I visited the observation points on these rookeries in the afternoon. A new cow 
had arrived since morning and was still wet; time 3.20. Two other cows already dry 
had also arrived. They were located near the cow under the cliff, which has been out 
since the 12th, but has no pup yet. There are 19 cows on Lukanin. A count of bulls 
shows 131 in all. 

There are a great many bachelors swimming about in front of the rookery, landing 
at various points only to be driven off. One of these bachelors, which has been 
herded up by a bull on the Amphitheater of Kitovi for the past two days, escaped this 
afternoon, greatly agitating the bull and creating quite an uproar. 

While watching on the Amphitheater, a cow was seen to land and deliberately 
enter the extreme harem, already containing 2 cows. She smelled over the 2 cows. 
The bull aroused himself long enough to greet her and went to sleep again. She 
seemed perfectly at home. In getting to this harem she passed close to 2 sleeping 
bulls which had no cows. A harem on Lukanin has in like manner grown from a 
single cow to 3, and it is several tiers of bulls back from the water. 


JUNE 19. 

Mr. Adams reports that the cow seen for the first time at 9.45 yesterday morning 
on the Amphitheater had a pup at 9 o'clock this morning. He noted no further change. 
I visited the observation points and saw a cow laud on Lukauiu at 11.30. \\~hen first 
noticed she was preening herself on a rock in the little bight. Almost at the same 
instant there was a splash and a bull seized her and forced her on shore. She tried 
to escape, but was unable to do so. 

In the afternoon Mr. Macouu reported a similar capture, where the bull deliber- 
ately left his single cow and swam out for the incoming cow, securing her and adding 
her to his harem. A singular thing about all this is the utter absence of trickery on 
the part of the neighboring bulls. They do not seem to be jealous of the success of 
those which obtain cows and do not take any unfair advantage of them. 

In the evening 1 new cow was seen in the Amphitheater, but otherwise no change. 
An increased number of bachelors are on the hauling ground of Lukanin. They 
extend to the top of the hill. 

JUNE 20. 

I went to Kitovi this morning and found 1 new cow. The Amphitheater has 46 
bulls, 8 cows, and 3 pups. 

Under the cliff at Lukanin a harem which had but 1 cow last night at 9 o'clock 
has now 3 cows. A cow which had no pup last night at 9 o'clock now has one; time, 
10.30. This cow was first seen at 9 o'clock on the morning of the 18th. 

While watching on the cliff I saw a cow land. She swam along the shore back 
and forth for some time. She snapped viciously at the bachelors which attempted to 
play with her. Finally she lauded and climbed up the rocks toward a sleeping bull 
with a single cow. The bull saw her and started after her. She escaped into the 
water and swam about for five minutes until the bull went to sleep again. Then she 
lauded on the rocks at the same spot and cautiously made her way to a position 
beside the cow. In a few minutes the bull awoke and greeted the newcomer, going to 
sleep again. 


A cow was seen to land on Gorbatch at 1.45 on June 17 by Mr. Adams. He 
visited the rookery this morning at 11 o'clock and she had no pup. At 3 o'clock 
I found her with a pup, evidently just born. The time between the arrival and 
delivery of this cow is therefore very definitely known and is practically 72 hours. 

I made a count of the bulls ou Gorbatch rookery and found 335. These are all 
such bulls as would be classed as harem masters or idle bulls, not young bulls. 
It will be possible to note how many of these bulls are idle in the height of the 
season and so obtain a check on the count that is to be made then. The count of 
the bulls can now be made with much less disturbance than would result later in 
the season and can therefore be made more thorough. 

No count of cows was made. One harem was seen which contained 6 cows, the 
largest seen since the visit to Zapadni. A cow was seen with her breast streaming 
with blood. Another was seen with a hole bitten in her back from which the blood 
was oozing. Her bull was watching her closely and treating her roughly. 

A pup was seeu to wake up and cry. It was lying beside a bull which has no 
cow, nor was any cow nearer than the wounded one noted above. Very soon this 


cow answered the pup, which continued to call. The distance between the two was 
at least 100 feet. The pup, which was not very old, struggled hard to make its way 
in her direction. The natural stupidity of the fur-seal pup was well exemplified by 
the number of attempts it made to climb impossible rocks instead of going around 
them. The pup was following the sound of its mother's voice, which it received in 
a straight line. But at last it reached the cow, was recognized by her, and allowed 
to nurse. It is not likely that this pup wandered away. The bull probably stole the 
cow and in doing so bit her in the back. The sleeping pup was left behind. 

A rather remarkable capture of a cow was witnessed at the western end of 
Gorbatch. A bull was watching a cow swimming in the water. She was several 
yards out from the edge of the cliff'. The bull plunged oft' the cliff and swam toward 
the cow, which turned to escape. He soon caught her and holding her above the 
water in his mouth, swam in and slammed her on the rocks. It is probable that 
many of these pregnant cows are injured in this way. 


On Ardiguen there are 30 bulls, all told. Three bulls are on the flat above the 
slide. Bull' A, with the scar on the left flipper, is on his shelf under the bank. The 
other two are in the positions occupied by B and C last year, though they do not seem 
to be the same bulls. 

The bachelors on the Keef are working back to their usual hauling ground. They 
are all about the pile of stones which was used as an observation point on the 12th. 
At that time they were lying in the dry bed of the pond. There are a few bachelors 
out on Zoltoi sands. 

I walked to Lukanin after supper and found that a harem which had 2 cows 
and a pup at 3 o'clock in the afternoon had now 4 cows and 2 pups. The 2 cows 
having the pups arrived on the 18th and 19th, respectively. Probably the pup born 
between 11 this morning and 3 in the afternoon was from the first cow. The cow 
arriving on the 18th was seen to land at 3 o'clock; the one on the 19th at 2 o'clock. 
We have, therefore, an interval of about 48 hours for one and 30 for the other. 

The earliest born of the 2 pups above noted is dead, apparently crushed in a 
crevice in the rocks. It was doubtless killed by the bull in his efforts to secure the 2 
cows which he has added to his harem during the afternoon. This is the bull which 
swam out and captured his second cow in the water. It is the first dead pup so far 

JUNE 21. 

I went to Kitovi rookery this morning and counted the population of the 
Amphitheater 46 bulls, 9 cows, 3 pups. A count of the bulls on Lukanin rookery 
was made 136 in all. There were 52 cows on this rookery. 

I witnessed the lauding of 4 cows and saw a fifth as she was entering a harem of 
3 cows. In no case did the bull know of the presence of the cow until she was settled 
in the harem. Each bull, when aware of the addition to his family, bustled about and 
welcomed her. She made no attempt to escape. 

Mr. Adams watched Lukanin in the afternoon. He reports "that a bull left 3 
cows to capture a fourth, which was landing near his harem. She tried to escape, and 


it was necessary to follow her in the water. He got her and brought her ashore, 
treating her very roughly and cutting two long gashes in her side. While his 
attention was given to the new cow, one of his neighbors stepped in and took the 3 
cows. The rightful owner of the harem did not dare to attack the intruder, and had 
to be content with his single cow, which he held in place near the water." 

This is the first instance where a bull has been seen to take the advantage ol 
another while attempting to secure additions to his harem. This gashed cow landed 
at 3.30 in the afternoon. She will be a cow easy of identification. So long as single 
harems exist it is possible to keep the history of their occupants, but as additions are 
made to them, this can not be done with certainty. 

It is probable that there is no hard and fast rule regarding the matter of the 
landing of cows. On Zapadni and at G or batch it seemed as if the cows came in and 
sought out their places. On Lukanin, however, while they seem to reconnoiter the 
shore and choose a location, the extent of the choice seems to be that the landing 
cow joins another where possible. No landing cow has been seen to go to a lone bull. 
Where single harems are established, they are doubtless in every instance the result of 
capture. The cow while trying to make up her mind where she is to go is surprised 
by a bull and held by him. 


I visited Lukanin after supper and found a third pup in the harem with the dead 
one. This cow landed between 3 and 9 p. in. yesterday. Her pup was born between 
5 and 8.30 this afternoon. 

Colonel Murray walked out with ine. I suggested to him that the loose rocks 
behind the cliff portion of Lukanin might be thrown into the form of a rough double 
wall between which observers could approach the seals without disturbing them. 
This place and the Amphitheater at Kitovi could in this way be made excellent 
observation points. With a similar passage constructed at Kitovi Point, these two 
rookeries could always be accurately counted without disturbing the seals. 

There are also several pools of filthy water in the depressions in the basaltic 
columns which form the upper part of the Amphitheater. A cow lies on a narrow 
space between two of them. Shortly after her pup was born some days ago it slipped 
into the water. The mother fished it out. It has now apparently disappeared again 
and may have been drowned. It would be an easy matter to open a drain into one of 
the numerous cracks in the rock, or if this could not be done, the holes could be filled 
with small stones, of which there are many within easy reach. These holes exist in 
numbers on Eeet rookery and on Vostochui. 

An unusually large number of bachelors are out on Lukanin hauling ground. In 
the early days after our arrival the bachelors did not occupy their usual hauling 
grounds, but the little reefs and bays near the rookeries. They are now back where 
they were to be found last season. Numbers of them still hang about the front of the 
rookeries, swimming back and forth in small groups. It is possible that these are 
newly arrived bachelors which have accompanied the cows to the vicinity of the 
rookeries and hang about for a time. The hauling grounds are evidently receiving 
large accessions each day. 

It has been noted that bulls have hauled out on the eastern side of the neck of 
Keef Peninsula, where no harems ever occur. In this connection it is interesting to 


note that there are about a dozen bulls lying out on Lukauiu saud beach in the sauie 
position where they were noted last summer soon after our lauding. They were then 
popularly referred to as worn-out bulls, or those which had been driven off the 
rookeries. They will doubtless come back to try agaiu later on, and are at present 
like the young bulls and the idle bulls as a class, shifting about. They can be seen 
wandering about behind the harem bulls or swimming about in the water. 

On Lagoon rookery for some time there have been bulls on the side of the reef 
toward the lagoon. These have now disappeared, probably attracted to the other 
side by the lauding cows. It will be some time before the cows will be numerous 
enough to work their way over. The lagoon channel is fast filling up. 

JUNE 22. 

A count of bulls on the Amphitheater of Kitovi showed 46 bulls still present, 
though 3 new ones, or rather hidden ones, were found under the cliff at the lower 
edge. Some of the bulls in the rear have probably moved on. There are 23 cows' 
and G pups. In the matter of pups, however, it is impossible to be certain about 
them, as they lie sleeping in crevices in the rocks. 

The largest harem on the rookery has 7 cows. Its size is evidently the result of 
its advantageous location at the angle of the cliff, where access is easy. 

From the way in which the harems are formed under the cliffs on Lukanin, it 
would seem that the line of bulls nearest the water gets all the cows. These bulls 
have become alert now, and a cow rarely gets past them. The cows themselves show 
a disposition to enter harems where other cows are. 

The cow which has been out so long (since the 12th) has a companion to-day, and 
our last observation harem has been lost. One by one the harems whose occupants 
we have had under observation have become confused through the accession of 
new cows. 

The gashed cow seen to arrive at 3.30 yesterday afternoon has just given birth to 
a pup at 11 to-day. On the point of rocks in the Amphitheater a cow which arrived 
on the 19th at 9.30 gave birth to her pup to-day at 4.15. A pup was born to the 
fourth cow on the rocks where the dead one is between 11 and 1.30 this afternoon. 
The mother of the dead pup has not been seen to indicate her loss in any way, either 
by calling to her pup or by showing any attention to its dead body, on which she lies. 
The same thing is true of the cow on the Amphitheater, whose pup has apparently 

There is certainly little maternal solicitude and affection wasted on the pup fur 
seal. For a few minutes after birth the mother calls over the pup and acts as if she 
would shield it from the trampling of her sisters or of the bull. A gull alighted 
persistently for half an hour on the rocks to peck at the placenta near a newly born 
pup. The mother, as often as the gull alighted, lifted the pup away by the skin of the 
neck and then drove off the bird. But this is the limit of care on the part of the 
mother, and this even is not shown apparently after the first day. 


I went to Tolstoi this afternoon. The large pod of bachelors still hold their 
position at the angle of the sands. The little harems are still among them. There are 


also a hundred or more bachelors in the regular hauling ground back of the slope. 
None have been seen here before this year. The ground occupied by idle bulls here 
is now more fully occupied than it was at any time last season. It was with great 
difficulty that I got to the observation point to-day which I reached without trouble 
on the 16th. 

There are 395 bulls idle and in places where harems were last season on Tolstoi. 
This count will doubtless be of little value, as it is difficult to get at any distinction 
between the idle bulls and those likely to have harems. The bulls on the sand flat 
about the point where the excessive mortality occurred last year are inordinately thick. 
They seem literally to cover the ground. This will probably result in the usual 
excessive fighting and consequent trampling of pups. At one or two points on the 
sand flat single cows are located even to the edge of the cliff. The majority of the 
cows on Tolstoi, however, are located on the bowlder beach, which is rapidly filling up. 

When we consider that through these harems must pass the great mass of cows 
that are to fill the sand flat, it is easy to see why this rocky beach is almost if not quite 
as much of a "death trap" as the flat itself. It was evidently from here that the 
windrow of dead pups washed up on the beach came last fall. 

One instance of copulation, the first of the season, was witnessed at the farther 
end of the sand flat. The cow was a single one, and her pup seemed, by comparison 
with other pups whose age we know, to be about 3 days old. It might be a week. I 
do not know anything about the arrival of the cow or the birth of her pup. She was 
not present, however, at the time of my visit on the 16th. 

The salt lagoon is rapidly filling up or else the tides are unusually low just now. 

JUNE 23. 

The schooner Louise J. Kenney, of Seattle, bound for the Arctic on a trading- 
voyage, sailed in close to the east side of Beef peninsula at 4 o'clock this morning and 
drifted south before the wind past Sivutch Rock, coming in to the village landing. 
Mr. Miner Bruce and his wife came ashore for a few minutes. 

Drives were made this morning from 27oltoi, Beef, and Lukanin. A total of 708 
were killed; 184 were rejected as too small; 556 as too large. No accidents occurred. 

It is to be regretted that so many young bulls escape killing under the modus 
vivendi. There are already more adult bulls than are needed, and these young fellows 
will simply add to the confusion and destruction of cows and pups. 

1 had a young bull with defective fur knocked down and skinned. This is a 
blemish in the skin similar to that in the cow skin taken last year. There are certainly 
many of these animals, and whatever may be the cause they should be weeded out. 

In the salt house 60 skins in two lots of 30 each were weighed. One lot averaged 
7.7 pounds per skin. 

In regard to the turning back of large seals, it must be remembered that last year, 
on the 25th of July, from a combined drive of these same rookeries, 1,008 large and 
1,177 small seals were turned back. The small seals are not present yet in large 
numbers, while it is safe to say that all of the large ones turned back to-day were 
among the number rejected in July of last year. 

I visited Lukanin and Kitovi rookeries in the afternoon. The Amphitheater has 
still its 46 bulls. There are 37 cows It is not possible to get a correct count of the 


There are 103 cows on Lukanin rookery to day. There were 74 yesterday and 32 
the preceding day. This increase of cows is so slight as not to be recognizable except 
by actual count. There is no bustle or confusion. The cows laud singly, quietly, and 
are distributed over the entire length of the rookery. 

Under the cliffs at Lukauiu there was yesterday a harem with a single cow in it, 
to which a second cow was added. To-day one of these cows is held by a bull in the 
rear. She has a long gash in her hip, showing that she has probably been taken by 
force. Her pup is with her. 

Yesterday a neighboring harem, in which was a single cow, the earliest to arrive 
on the rookery, received a second cow at 11.45. She has just had her pup. At 2 
o'clock it seems not over 2 hours old. The cow which landed first is distinguished by 
a scar behind her left front flipper. She does not look gravid. She may be a 2-year- 
old, or she may have failed of impregnation last year for some cause. Unless other 
accessions are made to the harem it will be possible to trace her further. She has 
been out since the 12th of June. 

An instance of copulation was witnessed on Lukanin at 3.30 to-day. The harem 
contained 5 cows. It was formed during the night of the 19th, 3 cows being- 
present in it at 8.30 o'clock on the morning of the 20th. It was not possible to 
distinguish either the exact time of the arrival of the cow or the hour of the birth of 
her pup, but it is reasonable to suppose that she was one of the original 3, and an 
approximate estimate of the time between delivery and service can be reached. 

JUNE 24. 

I visited Kitovi and Lukanin rookeries in the morning. The Amphitheater has 
its 46 bulls and now has 45 cows. One cow is in charge of a bull far in the rear of the 
rookery. It is not likely that she was stolen, as bulls intervene between her position 
and any harem. She must have wandered through thus far before any bull noticed her. 

Lukanin rookery had this morning 131 cows, all told. There may be a few more 
cows lying among the rocks, but this enumeration as well as those preceding with 
which it is compared are relatively correct. 

Directly under the cliffs are a number of harems which have grown to a 
considerable size. One has 12, another 10, another 8, and still another 6 cows. With 
the exception of one formed on the 12th instant these harems date no further back 
than the 17th. They have grown by additions of 1, 2, and 3 cows a day since. At the 
same time bulls with no cows alternate with these and there are single harems that 
have received no accessions. The cows in lauding seem to be attracted to the 
crowded harems. Doubtless when the bulls in charge of them get all they can manage 
the other harems will fill up. 


A young bull which ventured down one of the slides in Lukauin cliffs was 
attacked, and endeavoring to make his way to the sea, all the bulls in the vicinity 
were set in an uproar. He passed close to a harem of 6 cows. The bull in charge 
was unusually valiant and followed him into the water. Perceiving this, one of the 
bulls in the rear rushed into his harem and seized a cow, carrying her back about 20 
feet. The bull set out in a rage to rescue her, but thought better of it and turned 
back to make sure of his remaining cows. For an hour afterwards, however, he kept 


charging at the thieving bull, who had great difficulty in retaining the unwilling cow. 
This is the third case of such stealing witnessed from this point. It would seem as if 
this was the way in which the rear line of harems was built up. All the harems so 
far on Lukanin are in charge of bulls in the first line from the water. This does not 
seem to be true in as general a way on other rookeries. 

When the cow was stolen her pup, which was sleeping, was left behind. It was 
only about a day old and not able to climb the stones very well. When awakened in 
a short time by the commotion in the harem it cried lustily. The mother answered it. 
The pup recognized her voice and immediately started in her direction, but a line of 
rocks over which it could not climb intervened. The mother continued to call at 
intervals and the pup to answer. After tiring itself out in attempts to get over the 
rocks it gave up and started around them. Twice it was on the point of rounding the 
rocks when it heard its mother's voice and instantly returned to the original attempt to 
climb the rocks in a direct line to the mother. During all this time the pup could not 
see its mother. After twenty minutes of severe labor it finally got around the rocks 
and into comparatively smooth going. In ten minutes more it was welcomed by its 
mother and lay down upon her back, evidently tired out. The great difficulty with 
the seal pup is that it wants to climb over every rock that appears in its way, no 
matter how inaccessible it may be. It is only after a number of repeated failures 
that the idea occurs to go around. 

It is evident from this instance and from that noted on Gorbatch a day or two ago 
that the fur-seal pup even at the age of one day knows the sound of its mother's voice 
and can follow it. He is not confused and misled by the voices of other cows, because 
in the above instance at the time the pup was awakened, and for most of the time 
during which it was endeavoring to get to its mother, 4 other cows and their pups 
were calling about it as they were roused up and scolded by the excited bull. 

A day or two ago a bull was seen to lose his harem of 3 cows while trying to 
capture a landing cow. He started a new harem with a single cow, which he cut 
severely in getting her. This morning the cow is in charge of another bull some distance 
in the rear. Her pup lies beside the original bull. This is evidently another case of 
stealing. This over-ambitious bull is now without cows and his rival, holding the 
original harem, has this morning 12 cows. 

Mr. Adams, who visited Lukanin cliffs during the afternoon, reported that 
the pup had succeeded in covering half the distance to its mother, thus furnishing 
additional evidence of the ability of the pup to recognize its mother's voice. This pup 
was born at 4.15 on the afternoon of the 22d, and is consequently less than 2 days old. 


In a harem of 6 cows under the cliff the birth of a stillborn pup was witnessed 
this morning. This is the harem in which the first dead pup was noted. The mother 
stripped off the placenta and lifted the pup to the nipple. She was lying on a slanting 
rock and the pup rolled back. She dragged it up again only to have it slide down. 
She moved her position and placed the pup on a little shelf. She continued to lift it 
about and fondle over it for nearly an hour, acting in a very worried and excited 
manner. She bit the other cows and stirred the whole harem up. There was no 
evidence in her actions that she realized her pup was dead. Her efforts were directed 
to getting the pup to nurse, the first thing the mother always does. At last the cow 


gave up the effort and lay down to sleep. She did not call out to the pup at any 
time, as the mother usually does. When visited again in the afternoon, she seemed to 
have lost all interest in the pup. 

The average living pup would not have received one-hundredth part of the 
attention which was bestowed on this limp dead pup. The fur-seal mother seems to 
go on the principle that the pup must learn to do for itself, and as soon as she finds it 
able to move about and nurse she pays no more attention to it. 

The suggestion arises whether the other dead pup in this harem was not also 
stillborn. It may be so, though the position in which it was first seen seemed to point 
to its being trampled. The bull in charge of this harem has been a very aggressive 
one. He it was that swam out and surprised the cow in the water, treating her very, 
roughly in his efforts to secure and bring her in. It is probable that the death of the 
pup was the result of injury at this time. 


I walked to Polovina this afternoon. A great pod of bachelors were lying along 
the end of the rookery adjoining the sand beach. They extended also along the back 
of the rookery for some distance. It was impossible, therefore, to approach closely 
enough to inspect the beach line. In the rear the idle bulls occupy all the territory 
held by them last year, and it is possible only to get a general view of the flat 
slope. It was very thickly set with bulls. Unless the number of active bulls is small 
compared with the idle ones, this rookery must be larger than we estimated last 

The idle bulls are, however, out in full force now, and on such rookeries as Keef, 
Gorbatch, Tolstoi, and Polovina, where there is abundant territory in the rear, they 
are very numerous. By the middle of July, when we saw the rookeries first last year, 
many of them will undoubtedly have hauled off to the sand beaches. 

Above the cliff portions of Polovina lies a fringe of bulls, in some places three lines 
deep. The line on the immediate front is composed of full grown harem bulls; the 
others are young fellows. It is not possible to approach to examine the conditions 
below the cliff. 

There are only about 25 bachelors and young bulls on the upper hauling ground 
of Polovina. The number at the southern end must be between 600 and 800. 

Little Polovina has the same characteristics as the main rookery. The bulls are 
numerous. One harem of ten or a dozen cows was seen on the slope which forms the 
principal landing place to the rookery. 

JUNE 25. 

Mr. Adams visited the observation points at Lukanin and reports the capture of 
another cow. Her pup was left behind. There are 7 pups and 6 cows in the harem 
from which she was stolen, so that it is not possible to distinguish hers. Six of the 
pups are podding by themselves under the lea of a rock. The stolen cow is badly cut. 

The pup belonging to the gashed cow, noted as stolen yesterday, has now made 
its way to its mother. 

I visited Lukanin and Kitovi in the afternoon. There are 56 cows on the 
Amphitheater and the usual number of bulls. One cow noted as having apparently 
lost her pup can not be seen. Three cows were present in the harem just before noon, 
but there are only 2 now. 


There are 176 cows, all told, on Lukanin to-day. Mr. Adams saw 8 new cows 
arrive in the course of an hour. The largest harein in sight under the cliffs has 13 
cows. A cow arrived at 4 o'clock this afternoon and was captured by a bull without 
other cows. It will be possible to keep her under watch. All the other harems with 
single cows are mixed up by the accession of new cows. 

JUNE 26. 

A killing was made this morning from Tolstoi, Middle Hill, and English Bay. 
The day was extremely unfavorable, bright sunshine prevailing all the time. This is 
the fourth day of such weather. By turning the seals frequently into the little pond 
at Ice-House Lake the killing was carried on without serious accident. 

Mr. Morton and Colonel Murray made the count of rejected seals. The total 
killing amounted to 1,098, and 214 small and 402 large seals were turned away. In 
the salt house 100 skins were weighed and the average weight found to be 7.4 pounds. 

The rejected seals were turned into the salt lagoon, and went directly out over the 
reef at the angle of the cliff. The larger seals doubtless made the trip last year 
and remember the way. 

I went to Lukanin when the killing was well under way. A cow was stolen from 
a large harem by a bull in the rear. This is the second cow which he has been seen 
to steal from the same harem. He has a third cow, which was also doubtless stolen. 
A pup newly born in the harein is in great danger from his efforts to control the 
new cow. Its mother picks it up, holding it in her mouth for some seconds, and 
putting it down in front so that she can stand guard over it. The pup of the recently 
stolen cow is calling and the mother answering. In the course of ten minutes the 
little fellow has reached his new home. 

A badly torn cow which was found carried off into another harem has not yet 
succeeded in getting her pup. She calls it at intervals and it answers, but can not 
get over the intervening rocks and has not sense enough to go around. The cow was 
first seen in her new position yesterday morning. 

There are 207 cows this morning on Lukanin. A number of the harems range 
from 12 to 19 cows each. The large harems are constantly growing larger. Many 
bulls, even at the water's edge, have no cows, and a good many have only 1 as yet. 
Where a harem is formed with a single cow it is either by theft or by the capture of 
a landing cow. Where the cows have any choice in the matter they tend to get into 
the harems which are already occupied. The Amphitheater has 76 cows. 

A test of 100 skins from the killing this morning in ten lots were weighed, the 
weights being as follows : 65, 74, 73, 74, 70, 76, 79, 75, 76, 78. This gives an 
average weight per skin of 7-f pounds. 


In the afternoon I visited the Eeef. All along Gorbatch we have the same 
phenomenon of big harems with small ones mixed in and bulls without any cows. In 
the rear are the scattering small harems, evidently formed by capture. The same is 
true of Ardiguen, and, so far as can be seen from a distance, of Keef rookery also. 
The harems in the latter place are under the bowlder beach and are not visible from 
the rear except in one or two places. Everything tends to show that the cows in 


landing, if they have any rule or preference, seek the biggest crowd. It is, however, 
true that a cow in lauding has a very definite idea of the place at which she is to come 
out of the water. She may land on the rocks and escape to sea because of the 
awakening of a bull, but when she returns she will land iii the same identical cove, in 
the end, perhaps, to be captured by the very bull from whom she has fled. 

There are 56 cows on Ardiguen, where were only 3 cows on the 20th. The number 
of bulls is the same, 30; but there are 4 young bulls hanging around the rear of the 3 
bulls above the mouth of the slide. 

Five killers were swimming about between Eeef Point and Sivutch Rock, making 
the water boil. They are probably feeding on seals. 

Sivutch Eock, viewed with a glass, has on it a large number of bachelors. There 
is one very large harem and many small ones in the little bight where the landing is 
usually made. 

A great pod of bachelors, chiefly the large ones, are lying in the bed of the pond 
ou the Eeef, which has evidently now been accepted as a hauling ground. There are 
a few, however, up in the regular place. A large number of overgrown bachelors are 
out ou Zoltoi. When another drive is made from the Eeef these fellows will all come 
up again. 


I went to Lukanin in the evening with Mr. Adams. A cow alone with a bull is 
terribly torn. The wounds are gaping and bloody. Her bull is covered with blood. 
On her side is a piece of skin 6 inches square torn at three sides and trailing on the 
ground. It is difficult to see how this cow can live. She was evidently stolen from a 
large harem in front of her present position. There are very few cows in these small 
harems that do not show wounds of some kind, many quite serious. A cow roughly 
handled by her bull this morning limps on the front flipper by which she was caught. 
Another cow has a bad cut on the hip and drags her hind flipper. It is likely that 
many of these cows will bring forth stillborn pups. 

The cow already noted as stolen on the morning of the 24th has not yet got her 
pup. It calls to her and she answers, but it can not extricate itself from the rocks. 
A sleeping pup awakens at the call of a cow in a harem. at a distance of about 50 feet. 
This is a harem of 3 cows, 2 of which are known to have been stolen. The pup makes 
a straight line for the mother's voice, and there is a happy reunion. This pup has 
been absent from its mother for the better part of two days. 

The question naturally arises, What if this mother had been stolen immediately 
after the birth of her pup, or even while it was being born 1 ? The pup would simply 
never reach her, and would die of starvation. Beside the cow stolen yesterday was 
a cow in the act of delivery. She might have been the victim of theft, and the result 
would have been fatal to the pup, as it could not have walked to her, and it would 
have been absolutely impossible for her to return. This must be recognized as one 
of the sources of early starvation among pups. 

An instance of copulation was witnessed in a harem immediately under the cliff'. 
The harem has now 19 cows, so that it is not possible to be definite as to the exact 
history of the cow in question. The harem, however, was formed on the 18th with 
1 cow. She was first seen at 9 a. m. Two other cows were added to the harem at 
10.30 of the 20th, and a fourth at about the same hour of the following day. Beyond 


this no record of arrivals could be kept. Two pups were bom to the harein at 
3 p. m. of the 21st. The first pup in the harein was born on the 19th at between 
8 and 9 o'clock a. m. Beyond this the record of pups is not known. 

Close watch has been kept of this harem, among others, and it is probable that 
this is the first case of copulation, and that the cow is the earliest arrival, making the 
time about eight days. Even if it were the second or third case it would doubtless 
be one of the two landing on the 20th. While this data is only approximate, it is 
fairly definite. 

The first cow seen to have arrived on Lukanin is still present without a pup, and 
she has given no evidence of coming in heat. 

JUNE 27. 

I visited Lukanin and Kitovi this morning. It is still clear and bright, unprece- 
dented weather for St. Paul. 

I counted the cows on Lukanin and found 257 5 there are 105 cows on the 
Amphitheater, with the usual number of bulls. 

At 9 o'clock in the evening another visit was made to these rookeries. The torn 
cow under the cliff is much more badly injured than she was at noon to-day. She 
seems in no condition to make any attempt to escape, and it is hard to see any reason 
for the renewed attacks upon her. Perhaps the taste of blood has rendered the bull 
unusually savage. 

It seems likely that the bulls and cows drink whenever the water is conveniently 
\yithin reach. At high tide a number of the bulls are reached by the water. Several 
of the harems are flooded when there is the least surf, pups and cows getting up on 
the rocks. At these times the bulls are seen to put their heads down into the water 
and hold them up as if drinking. At least a dozen instances of this have been seen. 

A case of copulation was witnessed in the harem containing the cow which has 
been out since the 12th. She has not yet had a pup. A second cow was added to 
this harem on the 21st at 10 o'clock a. m. and gave birth to her pup at about noon of 
the 22d. The copulation must have been with this second cow. There are at present 
5 cows in the harem, but the remaining 3 are recent arrivals and have not had pups. 
This copulation occurring at 9.30 of the 27th must be about 129 hours after delivery 
of the pup, 

A pup in this same harem was born under the nose of a cow, which was greatly 
annoyed, and picked up the pup at least a dozen times in a quarter of an hour, 
shaking it like a wet rat. The newly made mother protested mildly, but both cows 
were too lazy to change their positions, and so the poor pup had to take it. 

Two harems are located in a place which at high tide is partially covered with 
water, and if there is any surf it washes over the rocks. The pups are perched up on 
the projecting rocks and are shoved off into the water when any commotion occurs in 
the harem. None have been seen so far to be washed away, but if a heavy surf were 
running these pups must move back or be washed away. 

The mother and pup which have been noted as separated on account of the 
stealing of the cow have not yet got together. The cow is calling at infrequent 
intervals and the pup answers, but it is so hemmed in by the rocks that it invariably 
loses its way. To morrow it will have been 72 hours away from its mother. The two 
are separated by about 15 feet of space containing, however, a large stone. 


The torn cow looks in such a bad condition that it seems best to kill her and eiid 
the misery. I will bring a native over in the morning to- shoot her and try to get 
her out. 

Mr. Adams reports that while he was watching on Lukauiu this morning the mules 
crossed the foot of the hauling ground, frightening the bachelors through the end of 
the rookery into the water. After this the mules will be herded. They have a 
tendency to approach the edge of the rookery to crop the grass which is springing up 
in the recently abandoned grounds. This grass is much greener and fresher than 
that found elsewhere. 

JUNE 28. 

I went with Jacob Kochuten to Lukauin to try to get the lacerated cow. Colonel 
Murray and Mr. Adams accompanied us. She was found dead and in charge of a 
different bull at some distance back from her position of last night. She had literally 
been torn to shreds in the night. She was secured without much difficulty and 
skinned. The skin of the right side was torn completely off, and over the back where 
the skin was not broken it was still loosened from the blubber. There were three great 
gaslies in the left side and the rump was badly torn. She was bitten in the throat, 
doubtless the immediate cause of death. 

She contained a full-time fetus. This weighed Hi pounds. The skin of the cow 
was taken for purposes of illustration. A photograph of it was also made. A more 
striking example of unfeeling brutality could hardly be imagined than this case shows. 
This is the worse case yet seen, but the harems are full of cows badly torn and cut 
from the rough seizure of the bulls. The condition of this cow recalls that of the bull 
found dead at Zapadui. He had evidently been torn to pieces by his companions. 


In the afternoon I went in company with Mr. Morton and Mr.Redpath to Northeast 
Point. The first drive of the season will be made here to-morrow if the weather is 
favorable. The bright sunshine of the past week still continues. 

The seals were found not to be very numerous on the rookeries, and from the 
weather indications it is decided not to drive to-morrow. In the evening I visited the 
sea lion rookery on Sea Lion Neck. It is not possible to approach it closely. The 
roar which its inhabitants keep up is something wonderful. It is greater than that of 
a whole rookery of fur seals, though there can not be over 300 or 400 animals, all told. 

JUNE 29. 


I went again in the forenoon to visit the sea lion rookery, crawling up close to it. 
V. r ith a glass it was possible to get a good view. 

The animals were mostly sleeping and the roar of the previous evening had 
subsided. The bachelors are evidently mixed up with cows and pups, or at least lie 
in close proximity to them. There does not seem the same distinct division into 
harems, though the bulls are so distributed as to indicate that each one controls a 
certain number of cows. In the largest pod of cows are 5 bulls. Three cows are 


seen to land within a few minutes and take their places in the midst of the sleeping 
cows. They call lustily as they come from the water and pups respond, though no 
effort is made to find them. The wet cows sit around drying themselves. As one 
comes in she flounders over the sleeping cows and pups, waking them up in the same 
aimless way that the female fur seal has. As each cow appears the bull arouses 
himself up and inspects her. One cow belongs to one bull and two to a second. The 
actions of cows and bulls are identical with those of the fur seal except that the bull 
in his calling nods his head in a peculiar fashion while the bull fur seal shakes his 

The sea-lion cows are not unlike the fur seals except in size. When they crane 
out their long necks they look like great lizards. The nose of the sea lion is broader, 
shorter, and has a decided upward tendency, especially in the younger animals. In 
the pup and young bachelor it is not unlike that of a pug dog. All the movements 
of the animals are less easy and graceful. The swaying motion of the head and 
shoulders when walking and the constant bobbing of the head when discussing 
family affairs are the most characteristic movements of the bulls. 

The little brownish-black pups, which are now about the size of the fur-seal pups 
at the age of 3 months, play about with one another just like the fur-seal pups. One 
is lying asleep on its mother's back. Another is climbing up and tumbling down. 
Several are nursing and others are podded by themselves, sleeping or playing in twos 
and threes. 

Among the sea lions, as with the fur seals, the young or half-grown bull seems 
ruled out. The bachelors are more privileged characters. The half bulls lie at some 
distance from the cows. Some are at a distance, at the other side of the neck. One 
lies across the little bight in the midst of a fur-seal rookery. Two came up in the 
water before the rookery and began roaring. The old bulls started for the water. 
One young bull immediately fled. The other stood his ground and did not retreat 
even when an old bull went into the water after him. They bluffed at one another 
and the old fellow returned to the shore; both continued roaring and nodding their 
heads at one another. 

Two bachelors play with each other in the water in front of the rookery just as 
fur-seal bachelors might. They attempt to stop the landing cows. 

The old bulls occasionally indulge in the same kind of bluffing which characterizes 
the bull seals. The quick snap at the angle of the fore flipper, and the equally quick 
withdrawal of this limb, shows that with the sea lion, as with the fur seal, it is a 
coveted and vulnerable point of attack. No serious fighting was seen and no cuts 
could be distinguished. The bulls, when not sleeping, were alternately bluffing at one 
another and rounding up and talking to the cows. 

A female sea lion was seen to drive away a strange pup which attempted to 

In every respect, so far as noted, the habits and actions of the sea lions were 
exactly identical with those of the fur seals, except in that the bachelors were not so 
much an object of jealousy as with the latter. Even in their case the difference may 
not exist in the regular breeding season. The pups are apparently all born, and 
doubtless most of the cows, if not all, are served. 

The other sea lion rookery, at the tip of the point seen from the top of Hutchinsou 
Hill, shows practically the same features, but it is evidently much smaller. 


A fur-seal barein of 4 cows was located right in the midst of the sea-lion cows. 
The sea-lion pups were playing about among the seals and were driven off by them. 
Other smaller harems of 1 and 2 were lower down on the beach. The animals appear 
simply to ignore one another. 


Northeast rookeries do not afford good opportunity for observation, except from 
the top of Hutchinsou Hill, and there the distance is too great. The bulls occupy 
the entire space at the foot of the hill, and are scattered over its slope to the very 

Along the bowlder beach below the hill are 5 groups of seals, evidently single 
harems which have expanded beyond the control of a single bull, though one or two 
of them seem to be still dominated by a single bull. On the outskirts lie other bulls, 
however, which can not be displaced, and which will eventually have part of the lot. 
Two of the bunches of seals number nearly 200 cows each, and the others number 
over 100. There are doubtless small seal teriug harems between them, but they are 
not visible, and probably have but 1 or 2 cows each. In these bunches we have 
a segregation of the cows similar to that shown in the larger harems of from 15 to 45 
on Lukanin. About the large bunches are small harems of 1 and 2 cows each which 
have plainly been stolen and carried back. It may be that some of them have 
wandered away and thus been captured. One cow with her pup is in charge of a bull 
near the foot of the hill, far back from the shore and with a score of bulls intervening. 
It is a mystery how she could reach her location. She could not have been stolen and 
carried there. 

At intervals along the beach cows are similarly congregated in large harems. It 
is plain that the tendency is for the lauding cows to seek the crowded harems until 
the mass becomes too large for the control of a single bull, when the outlying bulls 
first occupy positions on the outskirts, and finally divide the bunch with the original 
possessor. Cows also undoubtedly wander away while the bull is occupied, ami are 
taken up by bulls in the rear. It is certain that many of the cows are stolen from 
these large harems and carried off' bodily. 

A dead bull was seen just back of the beach at the foot of the hill. His side 
showed numerous cuts and scars as if lie had been killed by his companions while 

A large pod of bachelors are hauled out on the sand beach just opposite Cross 
Hill and at some distance from the beginning of the rookery. 1 did not see anything 
but old bulls there last year, but this is, doubtless, a regular hauling ground early in 
the season. 

Mr. Morton accompanied me to Hutchiusou Hill. Returning, we found a little 
blue fox pup lying outside a den. He looked sick at least, was not afi aid of us and 
allowed himself to be handled and photographed. A second one, more timid but full 
of curiosity, cann> out of the hole and in a few minutes was ready to play. Mr. 
Morton offered it a piece of tobacco which it bit and tried to pull away. Almost 
instantly the little fellow fell down in convulsions, becoming finally unconscious. It 
revived in a few minutes, but declined to play further. The incident was a rather 
unexpected argument against the use of tobacco. 
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JUNE 30. 

A drive was made this morning from the western side of the peninsula, Vostochni 
rookery. The killing was made on the flat by the side of Webster Lake. A total of 
790 was killed; 214 small and 376 large seals were rejected. 

Of the large seals many were young bulls, but there were others which were 
killable seals in 1894-95. Bearing in mind the modus vivendi of 1892-93, every 
possible killable seal should have been killed in the years immediately following. 
When these seals are grown up and enter the lists for places on the breeding grounds 
there will be exciting times. It would be well for the Government to have all the 
old and in any sense disabled bulls shot each fall when they haul out on the sand 
beaches so that the rookeries can be restocked by young blood. It would be better 
to kill oft' the older rather than the younger bulls. One or the other class should be 
diminished. There are double the number of bulls about these rookeries that will 
get cows. 

At the killing this morning I weighed with a hand scale 52 individual skins. 
Twenty-two small skins picked out on the field weighed less than 6 pounds each. The 
individual weights are as follows : 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5i, 5, 5, 5, 5f , 5|, 5, 5J, 5, 5, 5f , 
5|, 5f , 5, 5J, 5. Of the remaining 30 skins 16 were less than 7 pounds, as follows : 6, 6, 
6J. 6J, 6, 6J, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6|, 6|, 6, 6|. The remaining skins weighed as follows : 7, 9, 
11, 8, 7,8,8,7$, 7, 94, 7, 8$, 9. 

In walking down to the village I found a dead bull on the sands midway between 
Northeast Point and Polovina. It had evidently died this spring, but was too far 
decomposed to permit of close examination. 


In the evening I visited Lukanin and Kitovi. I counted 210 cows in the Amphi- 
theater in 10 harems. Mr. Adams reports that there were 137 cows on the 28th and 
168 on the 29th. 

One of the harems here numbers 42 cows and is located on the flat above the little 
gully at the southern end. At the foot of this gully is a harem of about 15 cows 
which fills the passageway. The harem at the top must have received its cows through 
this passageway, and the only explanation is that the bull below could not possibly 
hold all the cows and they passed through to the flat above. There are only 3 easy 
landing places on the Amphitheater (its shore being for the most part abrupt), and at 
each of these are grouped several large harems, the rear ones having evidently been 
formed by cows passing through. They are larger than the original harems. In one 
case the original harem has 20, the harem behind it has 33. In the harem with 33 cows 
there are 15 pups. 

One case of copulation is in progress on the Amphitheater. Nothing can now be 
known of the history of the cow, as the harem is a large one. It was founded with a 
single cow on the 14th and she was alone until the 17th, when her pup was born. The 
harem then increased rapidly. 


Mr. Adams reports 6 cases of copulation observed by him on the 27th, 28th, and 
29th in the harems under watch. Three of these were in a harem whose history is 
pretty well known. It was founded with a single cow on the 18th at 9 a. m., received 


2 new cows on the 20th at 10.30 a. m., and 3 additional cows on the 21st, 22d, and 26th, 
respectively. The pup of the first one was born at 9 o'clock on the 19th. The record 
of the other pups is not known. The cases of copulation were at 5 p. m. on the 28th, 
at 4.30 and 9.30 on the 29th. No other cases of copulation have been noted in this 
harem. It is probable, though not certain, that the 3 cows concerned were those 
arriving on the 18th and 20th, respectively. Two of the 3 remaining cases occurred 
in a single harern, one at 10.15 a. m. on the 27th, the other at 5.30 of the 30th. This 
harem was founded with a single cow on the 21st. She remained alone until the 23d 
and by the 25th there were 4 cows. No record of birth of pups is available. 

The last case occurred in a harem formed on the 21st with 1 cow. The harem was 
not closely observed. It grew rapidly, and by the 25th had 13 cows. There is no 
record of the birth of pups. The case of copulation noted occurred at 3.05 p. m. of 
the 29th. Eight other cases were noted, but no data is available regarding the 

While these last two harems do not furnish exact data, an approximation of the 
time can be reached. 

Mr. Adams also reports the apparent departure of two cows. In the first case the 
cow was dry and of the reddish-brown color which goes with presence for some time 
on the rookery. She left deliberately. The second cow escaped during a fight over 
an intruding bull. She was intercepted in the water by two bachelors, but swam off 
directly to sea. Of these cows no definite data as to time of arrival, etc., is known. 

I counted the cows on Lukanin rookery and found 636. There were 257 on the 
27th, thus showing a large increase within three days. The cows are evidently coming 
in fast now, while few if any have taken to the water as yet. 

The lost pup and its mother are still separated. It is now about six days. The 
pup is plainly starving. It is thin and calling piteously, wandering about the cows in 
the harem, by whom it is persistently repulsed. It is growing gray and pinched about 
the mouth. The mother has ceased to call. She is still alone. 

The first suggestion of podding is visible about some of the older harems. The 
pups by twos and threes are sleeping at some distance from the cows. 

JULY 1. 

The Amphitheater at Kitovi counted this morning shows 246 cows and the usual 
number of bulls. One havein, which contained 42 cows last night, has now only 35, but 
this does not necessarily indicate the departure of cows, as a small harem in the rear 
has grown considerably. If any departure of cows has taken place it can not be general 
and must be confined to the very earliest arrivals. 

The Rush came in this evening, bringing Mr. Lucas. A letter from Mr. Judge at 
St. George indicates that seals are very scarce there. Two drives have been made to 
date as follows: June 16, East rookery, 150 killed. 93 large and 159 small rejected; 
June 25, from Zapadui rookery, 140 killed, 74 large and 192 small rejected. This 
proportion of small to large among the rejected is directly opposite to that found on 
St. Paul. 

Mr. Morton reports that a second drive was made this morning at Northeast Point. 
Seven hundred and three seals were killed, and 288 large and 224 small seals were 
rejected. The weather has been very unfavorable for sealing. The morning proved 


close and warm, and 17 seals were overcome by the heat on the drive. The skins of 
all but 4, which were too small, were accepted. 


I reached St. Paul in the evening and walked over to Lukauin and Kitovi. There 
are few seals in tlie harems and no bachelors are hauled out at the angle of Kitovi 
where a number were always to be seen last year. Everything is remarkably quiet, 
no growling of bulls and bleating of cows and pups. 

JULY 2. 

A small drive was made this morning for food from Lukanin. Two hundred and 
eight seals were killed ; 107 large and 00 small were turned away. Thirty skins were 
weighed and found to average 7.7 pounds apiece. The largest skin weighed 11 
pounds; there were G less than 6 pounds. Thejiumber of large bulls in this drive 
was remarkable for Lukanin rookery. 

On Lukanin rookery the number of cows was found this morning to be 880. The 
Amphitheater of Kitovi had 290. Numerous cases of copulation were noted. Many 
cows were seen to land but none to go out. 


I visited the rookeries of Reef Peninsula in company with Mr. Lucas. The harems 
are gradually filling up along the bowlder beach. Where harems exist above the 
beach they are plainly the result of stealing from larger harems below. The young 
bulls are wandering about in the rear of Gorbatch in the manner of last year. The 
cinder slope of this rookery is beginning to fill up with idle bulls. On Ardigueu there 
are 5 harems at the foot of the slide. Two are close to the water; 3 lie behind, the 
farthest up being nearly halfway to the top. It contains a dead pup with the placenta 
attached. It lies in an exposed place, but it may have been stillborn instead of 

The bachelors on Reef rookery have worked back into their old hauling ground, 
though they still occupy the runway in the bed of the pond. 

This rookery shows well the manner of filling the breeding grounds. Each one of 
the large masses which extended inland last season is now marked by a miniature 
mass of cows which already has pushed out into the flat above the bowlder beach. 
The largest mass has between 200 and 300 cows. Bulls hold positions among them, 
but the harems are not defined and the cows are as closely packed as they can stand. 
There are probably many small harems along the beach which are developing slowly, 
but they are not visible. 

At the extreme northern end of Beef rookery was last year a single harem in an 
isolated position. There are now 3 bulls; one has 3 cows, another 1, and the third 
none. All the cows have pups. 


We walked to Tolstoi rookery in the afternoon and by using care were able to get 
down among the bulls to the very angle of the rookery, thus gaining a near view of 
the sand flat. The conditions are singular and interesting. At the sloping foot of the 


bowlder incline is the narrowest part of the sand flat. Here the cows are formed in 
a solid wedge-shaped mass pointing- to the foot of the slope and extending to within 
a few yards of it. After a short break occurs a large harem at the immediate foot of 
the ascent. Up the slope a distance of a hundred yards are small harems at intervals 
in a direct line with the mass below. ISTo other part of the flat has been invaded by 
harems. The bowlder beach throughout its length is filled. It would seem as if the 
seals were endeavoring to avoid the sand and reach the slope, taking the nearest way 
across the flat. 

The mass of cows is very great, probably numbering as many as 500. There is no 
differentiation into harems, and the 15 or 20 bulls are rushing about trampling on the 
cows and knocking them about. A hundred or more pups are podded on the side 
next us. They are safe from the rushes of the bulls within the mass, but not from the 
trampling of those hanging on the outskirts trying to steal cows. At a distance of a 
few yards on all sides are small harems which have been stolen. Cows are landing 
rapidly, and wet cows are to be seen distributed to the very foot of the slope. It is 
after the wet cows that the bulls make their rushes. One trampled pup was seen on 
the edge. It is impossible to see within. Seeing this place at the present time, it is 
not difficult to understand why the terrific mortality found last year occurs here. It 
will surely be repeated this year. The remedy is simple. A number of blasts properly 
distributed over this area would break it up and prevent the formation of the compact 
mass, allowing the seals to seek the slope, above which is a very favorable rookery 


There are a few hundred seals on Zoltoi bluff's; many of these are large, some 
half bulls and many full-grown bulls. Seals are comparatively few along Gorbatch 
rookery, the harems being small and scattered. The usual idle bulls are stationed on 
the cinder slope. There are no harems in the upper part of the slide. The bulls are 
waiting, among them the one with the scar above his left flipper which was so familiar 
last year. The harems at the base of the slide are moderately full. In one of 21 
cows are 13 pups. Old cows are in the majority; but 3 3-year-old cows are to be seen. 
Two dead pups are seen, one with the placenta attached. Pups are already podding, 
showing that this occurs soon after birth. Upward of 700 bachelors on the Reef, but 
many are too large to be killable. 

In the afternoon I visited Tolstoi with Mr. Clark, going down close to the angle 
of the rookery. To the east on the sand are about 200 seals, at least 100 of which are 
full-grown bulls. The bulls are surprisingly quiet, for we are able to approach within 
40 feet. There is a large triangular mass of seals extending from the water very 
near to the "bloody angle." Other harems extend up the slope in a band. The 
newly arrived cows are working up through the mass. The bulls try to secure them 
as they move along, and as a result there is much rushing about. There is a large 
pod of pups on the outer edge of the mass into which a bull steps. The center of the 
sand flat is covered with idle bulls, though there are few females near it. Pups are 
beginning to stray out, and 2 are seen which have been trampled to death. 


JULY 3. 

A count of Lukaiiin rookery made to-day shows 939 cows. The Amphitheater of 
Kitovi has 362. The number of cows is therefore still increasing, and the proportion 
of arrivals outnumbers the departures, if indeed any great number of cows are 

Under the cliffs at Lukanin a pup was seen to start up calling and leave its 
harem. It roused up a sleeping pup at some distance away and then wandered off 
past 4 harems, a distance of at least 250 feet. It stopped occasionally to play with 
pups. The second pup followed at some distance, going about half as far, and 
entering a harem. The first pup turned about, passed down through a large harem 
to the water's edge, and returned home by an entirely different route. The second 
pup also got home safely. It is difficult to understand what prompted this wandering. 

A small animal already noted which looks like a yearling or possibly a small 2-year- 
old is in a harein of 16 cows under the cliff. She was alone for some time with the 
bull, which afterwards gradually made up his present harem. The young animal was 
observed to pass into a harem below and take up its place there without any attention 
being paid to it. 

Mr. Ohichester will photograph the Amphitheater every other day during the 
season. These photographs should, together with the daily counts, show the condition 
of the rookery from day to day. From present indications it would seem as if there 
was a gradual ascent to a maximum, and then either a gradual decrease or else a 
general breaking up. 

The Fish Commission has made arrangements with Mr. Chichester to duplicate 
its regular series of rookery photographs. 


The first harem on Gorbatch lies beside the rock bearing No. 25. It has 21 cows 
and 12 pups. A cow probably from this harem is seen to enter the water and go out. 
To the south is a harem of 4 cows and 5 pups. Perhaps the missing cow is the one 
seen to slip into the water below. With one exception all these cows are over 3 years 
of age. 

There are 6 bulls in the slide, all without cows, though below them are harems 
of the ordinary size. The bull with the scar above his flipper crosses over and takes 
his place on the shelf, getting as near me as possible. 

In the afternoon I spent some time in watching the harems on Lukanin and Kitovi. 
Quite a number of cows were seen to arrive 15 or 20 in all. The bulls do not seem 
to be aware of the presence of the cows until they are close at hand, sometimes until 
they are actually in their harems. The cows come out at the easiest places and to a 
great extent select their own harems, preference, as a rule, being given to the one 
containing the largest number of cows. 

In many of the harems pups and cows are equal in number. Pups are being born; 
one recent arrival is firmly anchored by its placenta. Pups get knocked about by 
excited bulls, but are not seriously injured. 

By Kitovi is an old bull blind in the left eye and very timid. Can this be the bull 
apparently recently blinded seen last year at this place? 


JULY 4. 

Mr. Chichester and myself walked to Tolstoi to get a photograph of the sand flat. 
Mr. Lucas and Mr. Stanley Brown accompanied us. 

The mass on the eastern end of the sand flat has increased in size and is solid up 
to the foot of the slope. The harems on the slope have all increased in size and are 
now practically continuous, extending nearly to the top There is thus a continuous 
highway from the water's edge to the top of the rocky slope. At the extreme western 
end of the sand flat another mass of cows is projected across, and many harems are 
formed on the rocky slope at that point. The rest of the flat is still vacant. The same 
turmoil and fighting goes on in the massed portion. 

On the way home a count of the cows in Lukanin rookery was made. There were 
1,088 to-day. The Amphitheater has 414. 

One of the branded cows with a pup is located under the cliff at Lukauin rookery, 
opposite where she was seen on one occasion after the branding last fall. The brand 
is very plain, extending fully across the back and certainly spoiling the skin. There 
has been no replacement of fur on the branded part. The cow was also seen by Mr. 
Lucas. There were but 2 cows branded on St. Paul. The date of the branding- 
was September 2. 

A case of cow stealing was witnessed where the trespassing bull entered the 
harem before its owner's eyes and carried off the cow. It took some seconds for the 
bull being robbed to take in the situation, but when he did he lost no time in attacking 
the thief, getting him by the foreflipper and shaking him vigorously. In the struggle 
the cow escaped back to her harem, and all that the thief had for his pains was an 
ugly cut. 

Two dead pups, evidently trampled, were seen on Lukanin. There are not and 
have not been any bachelors out on Kitovi rookery this season. 

The increase still goes on in the counted rookery portions. Some departures, 
however, must occur. Mr. Lucas reports several on Gorbatch this morning. 


The seals have greatly increased on Tolstoi sand flat since the 2d. They now 
extend in an unbroken band from the water to the angle, while there are many more 
harems on the slope. 

A bull located in the slide which forms the western approach to the cinder slope 
on Gorbatch has 50 cows in his harem. This is a good illustration of the advantage 
of location. 

JULY 5.' 

A killing was made this morning from Reef and Zoltoi ; 703 seals were killed and 
2.59 large and 175 small were turned away. In company with Mr. Stanley-Brown, I 
weighed 163 individual skins, taking them as they came on the field, with the following 

Skins over 5 and under 6 pounds 35 Skins over 10 and under 11 pounds 9 

Skins over 6 and under 7 pounds 59 Skins over 11 and under 12 pounds 3 

Skins over 7 and under 8 pounds 29 

Skins over 8 and under 9 pounds 20 

Skins over 9 and under 10 pounds 7 

Skins over 12 and under 13 pounds 1 

Total.. 163 


One hundred skins weighed in lots of 10 each in the salt house gave an average 
of 7.8 pounds per skin for the killing. 

I visited Lukanin and Kitovi in the afternoon. Under the cliffs at the former 
rookery a young water bull made a dash up through the harems as if to gain the rear 
of the rookery. He was attacked by all the bulls within reach, but was not stopped 
until he came among the idle bulls in the rear. He nearly escaped through these, but 
his courage failed and he turned again for the water, getting torn and bitten by all the 
bulls in the way. At the water he was hardly able to stand. This thing occurs nearly 
every day on some rookery. The peculiar thing about it is the stupidity of these 
young bulls, not only in attempting to break through in this way but also in not seeing 
that half the exertion necessary to retrace their course would carry them to safety. 
They seem to start out with an utter disregard for consequences and becoming 
discouraged they know nothing but to return the way they came. 

During the excitement occasioned by an episode like the above the harems are 
more or less disorganized. Several cows have left their own harems to enter others. 
A small harem of 2 cows, behind a large one, loses 1. She probably goes back to the 
place from which she was stolen. The bull seems to be much excited about her loss 
and in a few minutes makes a raid on the big harem, carrying off a cow. The owner 
attacks him, catching him under the fore flipper and tearing him frightfully. He 
holds to the cow and gets her safely to his harem. The blood runs down his fore 
flipper in a stream and in a few minutes he has made the rocks for a space of G feet 
square red with his blood. 


Many cows in all the harems to-day are restless and plainly desirous of going 
into the water. The bulls are constantly rushing about to prevent them. They are 
gaunt and thin. When anything engrosses the bull's attention elsewhere they slip 
away. One has just gone in. She spends a few minutes looking about and playing 
in the water, then swims off along down shore. 

A cow left the same harem, but passed into the adjoining one to avoid a young 
bull on the water's edge. She passed into a third harem, neither bull paying any 
attention to her. Finally she went into the sea. 

During a tight, in which the master of the large harem from which these 2 cows 
left was engaged, 3 other cows started off together. One got off' to sea without 
difficulty. The second took refuge in a small harein near the water to escape a water 
bull and has been held a prisoner by the bull. The third was caught by a vigorous 
young bull without cows and held in an angle between two rocks. She is lighting 
hard but not making much progress. The bull has torn her in several places. He is 
bound she shall not escape. After fighting with her for half an hour and completely 
tiring her out he is now copulating with her. This would seem to be a case of rape, 
pure and simple. The cow still continues to struggle but it is impossible for her to 
get away. Yesterday Mr. Lucas and I witnessed a case of copulation where the cow 
seemed wholly unwilling but could not escape. 

A wet cow comes in from the sea calling, as if looking for her pup. She does not 
find the pup during the time she is watched. She is not gravid, and must be one of 
the earlier cows returning from her first trip to sea. 


The branded cow is present and has two companions in her harein to-day. She 
was alone when seen before. 

A bull steps on a little pup and squeezes it against a rock, causing a stream of 
milk to gush out of its mouth. The pup was protected by the rocks, so that the full 
weight of the bull did not come on it. It does not seem badly hurt. 

A little animal, which must be a 2-year-old cow, is in a harem under the cliff. It 
was alone with a bull for a number of days, and because of its rest.essness we 
supposed it was a bachelor. There are now 9 cows in the harein. It is probably a 
2 year-old cow. Before leaving, I find that the little cow has gone down into a larger 
harem below. 

Wet cows, when they land, spend the first hour in rubbing and scratching 
themselves as if infested by parasites. The pups and all classes of animals spend 
much of their time in the same way. 

Two wet cows are seen to land on the Ampitheater, calling for their pups. One 
finds hers and nurses it immediately. The other continues to call. They belong to 
the first harem established at this point. There can be no doubt that many cows 
have already gone and that some are now returning from their first trip to sea. That 
none of these early departures should be noticed is not strange, considering the small 
number of events on the rookeries that one can get eyes on. 

Of the hundreds of pups born on these two rookeries, which have been kept 
under the closest scrutiny, probably not 10 births have been witnessed. 

A count of Lukaniu rookery shows 1,197 cows present. The Ampitheater has 499 
cows to-day. Both show a steady increase, notwithstanding the fact that many of the 
cows are now going to sea. 


At the killing this morning from the Reef the smallest seal measured 3 feet 4 
inches in length. The stomachs of a few seals were examined for parasites and food. 
Three pebbles were found in one stomach. The livers were in fine shape and without 
trace of parasites. The lungs were not congested. 

Harem No. 25 on Gorbatch has now 26 cows and 21 pups, 2 very recently born. 
There are no young cows. The seals are working up all along Gorbatch and on the 
slide. I see only 2 wet cows on the whole extent of ground visited and no cows are 
going out. 

JULY 6. 

Lukanin rookery to day has 1,264 cows and the amphitheater 518. Three depart- 
ing cows are seen. There are many young bulls along the water's edge, and these 
invariably give chase to the cows. About 10 are following 1 out to sea. She is a few 
feet in the lead and is going as fast as she can. They can be traced for half a mile 
out by their dolphin leaps. The 4 or 5 young bulls make the water boil. 

Many cases of copulation were observed. One bull in a large harein served 2 
cows within an hour. There was no evidence of strain on him, as he was able to repel 
the attacks of an envious rival and get the better of him within five minutes of the 
second copulation. A bull was seen to serve a cow in a harem newly formed of 3 
cows, all wet. The cow served must be one caught and detained while trying to go 
to sea. There is certainly no pup for her in the harem. In this case the question 


arises whether this is another case of rape, or whether both these cases were those of 
cows attempting to leave before they were served. The young bull seen to catch the 
departing cow and serve her is now alone. He is, however, in fighting mood and is 
keeping the shore clear of water bulls for a space of a hundred yards or more. 

When a cow is trying to escape from a bull she often turns when one would think 
escape was certain and faces the bull. She then keeps her head toward him all the 
time. The purpose is evidently to avoid being caught by the back, which is the 
favorite place for the bull to catch the escaping cow. 

The branded cow is gone to-day. She was here yesterday. It should be possible, 
by keeping watch of her, to get some information about the time of absence. 


Harem No. 25 has this morning 26 cows and 25 pups. Near rock 24 a cow comes 
in from the sea and nurses her pup. The harems on the slide are working up. The 
number of fresh cows coming in seems small; during all the morning only 2 are 
seen. So far this season we miss the fringe of seals swimming in the water off the 
rookery front. The only seals to be seen there this year are young bulls which hang 
about teasing the cows. 

There is scarcely a bachelor on the Kitovi hauling ground, and the harems do not 
appear to be as far back from the sea as they were last year, but they will doubtless 
work back in the next week. Cows going out to sea have to run the gauntlet of 
idle water bulls; some are chased half a mile out. 

In walking the pups move their hind legs alternately, as other quadrupeds do. 
The older animals move both hind legs together, the fore legs being moved alternately. 

JULY 7. 

The Amphitheater has 550 cows to-day and Lukanin rookery 1,371. 

A cow came in calling and passed through 3 harems to the farthest one in the 
rear. She was not disturbed by any of the bulls except the one in whose harem she 
stopped. He " talked " to her for a time but soon left her to her own devices. Two 
other wet cows were seen to come in, find, and nurse their pups. 

One dead crushed pup lies on the beach of the little cove below the cliff of the 
Amphitheater. One harem here has 82 cows in it. A pod of its pups are playing 
in a little pool of water which is deep enough in the middle to cover the pups. They 
keep out of the deep places and walk about in it. There is no attempt at swimming. 

One bull is seen to copulate at 2.45 and again at 3.25. 

All the cows in the harems now are of the very dark-brown color. It is very dry 
to-day and has been almost continuously since June 12. The newly-arrived cows can 
be distinguished by a sort of olive color. There are none of the light-colored cows 
recognized as 3-year-olds last year. One only of this class has been seen on Ardiguen. 

Mr. Lucas went to St. George on the Rush to duplicate the counts of last year. 

JULY 8. 

I walked to Gorbatch and the Eeef this forenoon. The harems still keep close 
to the beach, though occasionally small ones will be found extending up the slopes. 
The harems fall far short of the foot of Old John's Eock, where they were last year. 
There is, however, a harem of 2 cows within about a hundred feet of the rock, and 


doubtless other hareins will be formed. It is uot likely that the season has reached 
its height as yet. There are no seals on the little flat near here which was photo- 
graphed last August for dead pups. A large harem is located below it and a harem 
of 2 cows is above it. The cows do not reach the mouth of the slide on Ardiguen. 
All the large groups on the Reef are growing rapidly and pushing inland. 

Under the cliff's at Lukaniu I counted a section of hareins along the beach as 
follows : 40, 24, 29, 31, 29, 24, 30, 39, 40, 22, 48 cows. Among and in the rear of these 
were harems as follows: 3, G, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 4, 1. These latter hareins (except, perhaps, 
the 8 and 10) have all been stolen from the former. On the Amphitheater the harem 
noted as having 82 cows yesterday now has 90. Thirty-five harems have all the cows 
on the Amphitheater. There are 12 idle bulls. 

The Amphitheater has 585 cows to day. Lukanin rookery has 1,531. 

A bull stole a cow and was carrying her to his harem when an idle bull attacked 
him, pulling him down the slope by his hind flipper. He then seized the cow by the 
neck, and the two bulls pulled and sawed over the cow until it seemed she must come 
to pieces. Finally both bulls dropped her and went to fighting one another. The cow 
lay motionless for several moments, neither bull paying any attention to her after 
settling their differences. After a time she got up and hobbled slowly off' to her harem. 
It is in this way that many of the cows found dead on the rookeries are killed. 

A cow took up a place with a young bull on a sloping rocky shelf at the foot of 
the Amphitheater. The space was scarcely big enough for the bull to lie on, and sloped 
off toward the edge of the cliff', dropping sheer 20 feet down to the water. She had her 
pup, and a second cow was with her yesterday. To-day the bull and 1 cow are up on 
the flat above. The cow and pup are gone. Below the cliff a young bull is trying to 
copulate with something which proves to be the pup. It has fallen over the cliff' and 
been caught in the rocks where the young bull found it. The pup squirms away. He 
picks it up in its mouth and tries to put it on a flat rock, but before he can get up the 
pup wriggles off. He bites the pup severely and has torn it in several places. When 
he lifts the little fellow up in his mouth, though only a day or two old, it bites him in 
the cheek and clings to his neck. Ee will undoubtedly crush the pup, and if he does 
not the rising tide will soon drown it. 


A bull with 1 cow lies to the east of North rookery under the cliff. Another similar 
harem lies close to the passageway leading to the hauling ground. A harem was in 
almost the same spot last year. There are 150 to 200 bachelors on the hauling ground ; 
some are large, but many small. The proportion of large ones is not so great as that 
on St. Paul. There are practically no seals swimming in the water off the rookery front. 

On account of the slope of the rookery the section which could not be counted last 
year can not be counted this year without too great disturbance. If there is a drive 
we will recount this first section. The idle bulls do not appear so numerous as they 
were last year and the rookery seems to have shrunk some, so that it is now possible 
to approach and count portions which were estimated last year on a basis of the 
average number of cows in a harem. 

There were 175 hareins which could be counted for cows, giving 2,400; in addition 
there were 21 harems which could only be estimated. On the basis of those counted 
this would give for the 19(J hareins on North rookery 2,703 cows. 


JULY 9. 

I attended the killing from Polovina rookery which was made at Stony Point. 
Last year a killing ground was established by Judge Crowley at the lake back of 
the rookery and less than half a mile away. Its discontinuance does not seem 
necessary or wise. The drive to Stony Point is about 2 miles long, but easy because 
two-thirds of the distance is made up of a chain of lakes through which the seals 

The total number of seals killed was 356 ; 07 large seals and 115 small ones were 
driven away. 

There is manifestly a great deal less skill or else less care in doing the clubbing 
this season. Instances where animals are struck on the back and shoulders with 
blows intended for others are numerous. More of these occurred this morning than 
ever. Animals are more often struck on the tip of the nose or on the back of the 
neck and are left to revive, not being clubbed again until the pod is finished. The 
stickers regularly carry clubs to dispatch the seals not yet dead when they reach 
them. Several animals stunned so badly as to require half an hour to come to have 
been seen. One young bull had an eye knocked out this morning, and several were 
sent away with bloody noses. The fault seems to lie with the clubbers. They are a 
new set and never seem sure of hitting their mark. The new chief, too, has something 
to do with the matter. He does not seem to have good control over his men. He has 
been cautioned severely by Colonel Murray on several occasions. 

DEAD cows. 

A cow came ashore last night on the beach below the village salt house. She 
was dead, but no external cause of death could be found. This morning another dead 
cow was found halfway up the lagoon at low tide. Both were brought in and skinned 
by Jacob Kochuteu. In each case death resulted from biting by bulls. All over 
the back were traces of tooth marks which, while they did not penetrate the skin, 
loosened it from the blubber. In one case the immediate cause of death was the 
literal crushing in of the chest by the jaws of the bull. The skin was cut and torn 
by a dozen tooth marks and the chest cavity was full of clotted blood. In the other 
case the cow was severely bitten in the throat, but doubtless the injury that caused 
death was a bite in the small of the back. Both cows had recently borne pups and 
had an abundant supply of milk. Their pups must become the victims of starvation. 


The Amphitheater to day has 587 cows; Lukanin 1,540. These counts are 
manifestly less accurate thau the preceding ones because of the rain and the mist. 
Cows and rocks are wet and not so easily distinguishable. 

Cows are coming and going. A harem which had 3 cows with their pups 
yesterday has 5 new cows in it. The young bull noted as catching and serving the 
escaping cow has now a fresh cow. Several other small harems are formed at various 
points. The young bull seen to attempt copulation with the pup has now 3 cows 
in charge. The large harem on the Amphitheater has still about 90 cows, though it 
is difficult to count it accurately because of the constant moving about of many of 
the cows. Two large harems, at some distance removed from the sea have plainly 


diminished. They are not in a position to receive many recruits and the number of 
outgoing cows has been considerable. 

The cows are uneasy and restless under the rain. The bulls are excited and more 
fighting is going on than I have seen yet on any rookery. 

The pups are becoming very conspicuous as they wander about and play in pods. 
In li isolated harems it is possible to be reasonably sure of the pups. One harem of 
35 cows has 24 pups; another of 26 cows has 28 pups, including '3 dead ones. In 
addition to the 2 seen dead at birth 1 is now present, which, from its thin 
appearance has probably starved. The harem is two removed from the one in which 
the stolen cow was observed so long without her pup. To-day she is gone and her 
bull has 3 fresh cows. No trace of the starving pup has been seen for several days 
and the emaciated pup may be it. 


I go up on the cliff above Staraya Artel rookery, but can not get near on account 
of a few straggling harems. There can, however, be but few seals under the lower 
shelf. From the top 42 harems and 30 idle bulls are visible, and 45 harems is probably 
near the mark. The count of the rookery is extremely unsatisfactory and is practi- 
cally impossible. Whatever the number, as compared with last year there are now 
fewer, for the rookery is thinner and more straggling. The few harems that could be 
separated are as follows : 3, 3, 2, 2, 1, 26, 16. At the upper end are ten bulls with 
about 250 cows. 

On Little East rookery there are 46 harems, with 497 cows and 14 idle bulls. In 
one place a water bull rushes vigorously into the harems and no less than 4 others 
follow in quick succession. (See observation of Mr. Clark.) For a few minutes there 
is great excitement among the bulls and cows. Many of the cows on Little East are 
much cut. 

JULY 10. 

A count of Lukanin showed 1,680 cows present. There were 660 on the Amphi- 
theater. In the latter breeding ground are two harems which have been united so 
that they can not be distinguished. They aggregate 150 cows. 

Under the cliffs at Lukanin are 5 little animals distributed about in as many 
harems. They look exactly like the 2-year-old virgin cows. They move about like 
privileged characters, and are certainly not gravid. The one which has been watched 
for some days has moved to a harem some distance off. 

On Tolstoi sand flat the mass of cows has increased, spreading out on either side 
but still keeping the point of the wedge toward the base of the rocky slope up which 
the harems extend in a line nearly to the top. At the western end of the flat the 
seals are just beginning to move upon the slope. At no intermediate point on the 
sand flat or slope have cows appeared. 

A young bull still wet was forced by the idle bulls down the slope into the sand 
flat. He avoided the harems in the crowded part, and after encountering every bull 
in the middle portion of that flat was thrown into the sea. Had he gone down through 
the massed harems, there would have been a line of crushed pups in his wake. 

This bull was large enough to be classed among the idle bulls. There were other 
wet bulls lying about on the edge of the flat. It is evident that some, at least, of 


these bulls conie and go regularly from the water. This has also been noted on 
Lukanin rookery. At the killings the relative proportion of rejected seals has 
changed. In the earlier killings the large seals outnumbered the small two to one. 
Since the 6th of this mouth the small ones have been in the majority. Not only have 
the large ones declined in proportion to the little ones, but the number of large ones 
from any particular rookery has steadily diminished. For example, 556 targe seals 
were rejected from Eeef and Zoltoi on June 23; on July 5 there were 229. These 
young half bulls are now hanging about the water front or in the rear of the rookeries, 
and are therefore not picked up in the drives. 


East rookery has shrunken away from its position of last year, judging by 
photographs and maps. The western portion hardly comes up on the hillside, there 
being only one good-sized harem there. The beach portion to the westward is very 
thinly populated. The branded cow with her pup is under the cliff portion of the 
rookery. There is no question about the distinctness of the brand. 

East rookery has 128 harems, 1,533 cows, and 41 idle bulls. 

Visiting North rookery this afternoon I find that the aspect of affairs has 
materially changed during the last two days, and it would seem that the count has 
been made at the time of the greatest stability of harems and when probably the most 
cows are ashore. 

JULY 11. 

This is St. Paul's day and a great holiday for the Aleuts. The Grant touched in 
on her return trip from the Commander Islands and held her anchorage off East 
Landing during the day. She was joined by the Rush in the afternoon. 

The Amphitheater has 703 cows on it to-day. For 138 cows in 7 harems there are 
150 pups. These harems are so situated as to make the count of pups certain. This 
evidently indicates a large absence of cows, as many of those present are still gravid, 
but the steady increase on the breeding ground shows that the incoming cows exceed 
the outgoing. 

A count of cows on Lukanin still shows increase. There are 1,755 to-day. There 
is a marked change in the appearance of the rookery within the past day or two. The 
former compact appearance of the harems is gone. The cows are scattering out so that 
the harems can not be clearly defined. Under the circumstances it becomes difficult 
to count the entire rookery, and the count may soon have to be discontinued. This 
thinning out is evidently due in part to shifting of the cows, but also in part to absence 
of cows from the places they have heretofore occupied. 


The hillside of Zapadui is more dense than last year, and so far as one can judge 
there are actually more seals. The northernmost patch, however, is now a thin line, 
and the middle portion has shrunk perceptibly. This year these two sections contain 
39 harems and 431 cows. Last year they contained 66 harems and 946 cows. The 
dense southern mass can not be counted. There are not far from 65 harems altogether. 
This was estimated last year at 1,260 cows in 75 harems. The idle bulls on this rookery 
are as numerous and fierce as ever. 



JULY 12. 

A drive was made this morning from Lukanin and the Beef. No seals were found 
011 Zoltoi. Eight huiidred and four seals were killed; 140 large and 638 small seals 
were turned back. Those killed represented 50 per cent of the animals driven. 
Lukauin is again justifying its reputation as the " nursery," as the greater part of the 
little ones came from it. 


After the killing Mr. Macoun and myself made a count of the cows, by harems, on 
Lagoon rookery. Mr. Lucas managed the boat. The following is the count of harems 
in detail: 





















































































































Total cows 1,319 

Total harems 115 

Average harem 11.4 

The count for Lagoon rookery for last year was made on July 13, but as Kitovi 
rookery had to be counted and photographed by Mr. Macoun on that date this year, 
at his suggestion the count of the lagoon was made one day in advance. The weather 
conditions were very favorable and the count is accurate. The harems on the inner 
side of the reef are fewer and smaller than last year, there being only 8 harems of 
from 1 to 4 cows not visible from the water front. 


In the afternoon I was able to visit Walrus Island through the kindness of 
Captain Roberts, of the Rush, who took over Mr. Duffield and his assistants to make a 
survey. The vessel overran the island about 2 miles in the fog, having been carried 
out of her course by the currents.